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28 ‘innovative’ schemes to share 3m to improve local air quality

28 ‘innovative’ local authority projects to improve air quality across England will share £3m in the latest round of funding from the government’s Air Quality Grant.

Projects to receive funding include campaigns promoting greater awareness of pollution from domestic burning, a project to promote electric charging points for canal boats and a collaboration with local businesses to develop low or zero-emissions freight.

This year funding has also been awarded to trial new technology to test the effectiveness of low-cost sensors to better understand the air quality data they produce.

Over £57m has been awarded through the Air Quality Grant since it was introduced in 1997.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: ‘It is very important that we continue to improve the quality of our air, and the government is working hard to deliver the emissions reductions the UK needs.’

A full list of the schemes awarded funding is below:

Local Authority Project Amount
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Introduction of ECO Stars training to public and private sector targeting “grey fleetsâ€?. £52,000.00
Cambridge City Council Research and engagement campaign to promote better domestic burning methods and choices and increase compliance with Clean Air Act requirements. £9,890.00
Cambridge City Council Use of road closure to test low cost sensors and compare zero traffic data with road in use. £73,375.00
City of York Council Bus retrofits. £240,000.00
Colchester Borough Council Engagement and awareness project throughout the transport network to promote air quality awareness and transport choices in schools. £249,100.00
Eastleigh Borough Council Testing of 50 sensors and 2 real time AQ monitoring stations to collect traffic and domestic combustion air quality data. £58,750.00
Gedling Borough Council Continuation of ECO stars project and creation of Gedling ECO Stars taxi recognition scheme. £55,000.00
Harrogate Borough Council Testing of mobile Zephyr Sensors against existing high cost sensors. £16,000.00
Herefordshire Council Testing of Zephyr sensors against existing sensors. £34,287.00
Hertsmere Borough Council Cleaner Air 4 Hertsmere Schools awareness project to influence travel behaviour. £37,500.00
Horsham District Council Collaboration of 13 authorities in Sussex (Adur, Arun, Brighton and Hove, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Lewes, Mid Sussex, Rother, Wealden and Worthing) to raise awareness about domestic burning and campaign to promote better burning methods and choices. £32,716.00
Islington London Borough Council Regents Canal engagement project to promote electric charging points for canal boats, encourage uptake cleaner sources of fuel, and reduce idling. £50,000.00
Islington London Borough Council NO2 indoor study in school to test sensor performance and efficiency of filter systems. £20,000.00
Leicester City Council Development of an air quality mapping tool to measure near real time air quality data and inform the public through an app. £241,675.00
London Borough of Hackney Expansion of the Zero Emissions Network to the whole borough; new engagement on improving knowledge and behaviour around domestic burning. £178,950.00
London Borough of Lewisham Comparison of low costs sensors with existing network including development of a sensor best practice database. £95,450.00
Oxford City Council City-wide communications programme to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight. £122,500.00
Oxford City Council Testing of low cost Zephyr sensor packages to compare with current sensors and improve data. £128,500.00
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Research and engagement campaign to raise awareness around the issues of domestic burning and campaign to promote better methods and choices. £100,000.00
Shropshire Council Testing of low cost Zephyr monitors; development of an air pollution map. £53,300.00
Slough Borough Council Testing of Vaisla sensors around schools to monitor AQ and use data to promote behaviour change. £99,125.00
South Buckinghamshire District Council Testing of Vaisla sensors and Alphasense Electric diffusion tubes at Heathrow Airport. £124,399.00
South Tyneside Council Research, engagement and measures targeted at reducing vehicle NO2. £314,000.00
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Moving a pedestrian crossing to improve traffic flow in the location of an air pollution hotspot and a research project to understand behaviours and limits that affect air quality in the area. £101,280.00
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Extension to ECO Stars scheme to small and medium size enterprises on 4 industrial estates. £27,131.27
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Testing of 4 types of low cost sensors against current sensors. £61,604.33
Westminster City Council Training of 50 technical officers to investigate air quality complaints and promote public health benefits of compliance Clean Air Act requirements. £9,000.00
Westminster City Council (Cross River Partnership) Expansion on Clean Air Village 1 project – engagement and behavioural change project to reduce emissions from the delivery of goods and services to London Borough of Lewisham, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. £418,343.00
Total £3,003,875.60

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