Liverpool news £20m could be needed for clean air zone plans PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The council has announced plans to charge some lorry drivers to use key roads in a bid to stem air pollution
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Plans to introduce a clean air zone into parts of Sefton could cost the council up to £20m. The proposals, which were submitted to the council’s cabinet last week, could involve charging HGVs with high emissions to enter areas of Sefton most affected by air pollution. Focused on parts of the A565, A5036 and the area around the Port of Liverpool, the report states as well as being among the most air polluted parts of Sefton, they are also areas with some of the highest income deprivation in the borough, making residents particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor air quality. READ MORE: Man 'sexually assaulted and dumped in gym car park' Although some money will be generated from charges, the costs of creating the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) would far outweigh any income generated, according to the report. The council anticipates the initial costs of setting up the zone, including the provision of CCTV and other infrastructure, could come in at over £4m, with an average annual operating cost of over £1m. According to the report, this puts the initial start up costs at around £9m, with a further £10m needing to be set aside to provide compensation to businesses affected by the measures, bringing the total to just under £20m. The report notes that although the scheme has high costs associated with it, the implementation of a clean air zone is critical for the borough from both a public health and climate emergency perspective. Discussing the outline business case, which was presented to cabinet at a meeting held at Bootle Town Hall last Thursday, council officers spoke of next steps following its approval. This could involve asking the government for financial support to cover some of the costs, which could otherwise have to be funded by loans.
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.” He added: “That corridor and area suffers greatly with poor air quality. The government seems to ignore than in my view. Their nearest monitoring centre for air quality is actually in south Liverpool. That tells you something when you’ve got one of the main gateways in the country. “Particularly with the freeport situation, it’s going to get worse and we have to do something about it.” Having been approved by cabinet, officers will now move to further consultation and engagement around the clean air zone with residents being asked to submit their views online. A full business case could then be brought to councillors at a later date. READ MORE: Bootle judged alongside Windsor and London in fight for funding Noise fears over milk bottling plans for historic dairy Concerns over handling of children's service failures Work remains halted at Maghull housing development Barbecues, golf and throwing stones banned across borough
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