I’m pleased that Sheffield Council are introducing a category C Clean Air Zone in the city centre and Inner Ring Road. We have been warned for some time that the air pollution in parts of Sheffield is a major public health challenge and it’s damaging the health and life chances of our residents. More worryingly, its contributing to the deaths of approximately 500 people each year.
This is not acceptable, and the introduction of this Clean Air Zone will go some way in reducing the pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide. Funding will be available for some businesses and drivers to help them upgrade their vehicles to low or zero emission.
We are days away from COP26 and leaders must take this opportunity to agree coordinated action to address climate change. This is our collective opportunity to pass on a healthy world to the next generation, we must not fail.