Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has told Sheffield Live! dirty air is contributing to hundreds of deaths and an increase in cancer and asthma patients in the city. Fell said the introduction of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Sheffield is mainly to address these health related issues. Dozens of people joined a protest rally at the weekend calling on the local authority to stop charging vehicles that do not meet the legal standard. CAZ came into force in February, meaning drivers of the most polluting vehicles such as taxis, vans and lorries will have to pay a charge to drive into the city centre and the inner ring road. Taxis will pay £10 while buses and HGVs will pay £50 per day. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Proposals for workplace parking levy are among a raft of green policy actions tabled for consideration by Sheffield Council. The proposals, sponsored by the Green Party, respond to Sheffield’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis. Councillor Douglas Johnson told Sheffield Live! a similar approach taken by Nottingham Council has raised around £9 million to invest in public transport, cycle paths and walking routes. Azz Mohammed reports.
Liberal Democrats have slammed Sheffield Council’s clean air zone plans which could see high emission vehicles charged up to £50 for driving into the city centre. Sheffield Lib Dem leader, Shafaq Mohammed described the idea as “bonkers.” Council chiefs say the clean air zone would help tackle pollution and save lives and there are no plans to charge private vehicles. Bailor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield could see the introduction of a pollution charge of up to £50 per day within the city centre for buses, taxis, vans, coaches and lorries. There are no plans to charge private vehicles. Sheffield Council say a city centre clean air zone would help tackle pollution and save lives. The local authority is seeking around £40 million from government to pay for signs and cameras needed to enforce the charges. A consultation with residents, businesses, taxi drivers and bus companies is to be held next year to consider the scheme. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Greg Fell, director of public health at Sheffield Council.
Signs are being installed across 20 schools in Sheffield which warn parents they could face fines for leaving their cars running during pick-up and drop-off times. Sheffield is one of the first cities outside of London to introduce the policy. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
School students joined a demonstration in Firth Park to highlight the dangers of air pollution following a report that puts Sheffield among cities that exceed the legal limits. The World Health Organisation has identified 30 areas in the UK where fine-particle air pollution is in excess of ten micrograms per cubic metre. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Graham Jones of the Burngreave Clean Air Campaign.
A new 20mph per hour speed limit is to be introduced in Sheffield’s city centre following a Council-led public consultation. The aim is to cut speed and accidents as well as reducing pollution. Sheffield Council are planning for the new speed limit to come in to effect by the end of the year. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillors Jack Scott and Moya O Rourke.