Category Archives: Air quality

Breathe – Implementation

This is the fourth and final SPACE for Gosforth blog that together make up our response to the Council’s Clean Air consultation. Our first blog set out our review of the Council’s proposed measures. In our second blog we proposed measures for the city as a whole and in our third blog we proposed measures for the Gosforth Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). In our final blog we respond to the Councils' questions about future funding and implementing air quality measures. Measures to meet Read more [...]

Horrible Haddricks – part 2

We know from our own measurements that there is space for separate, good quality walking and cycling provision at Haddricks Mill, but that the Council has chosen, contrary to its own policy and legal obligation to reduce air pollution, to prioritise high-speed and potentially dangerous vehicle movements instead. Read more [...]

Breathe – In the City

This is the second of four SPACE for Gosforth blogs that together make up our response to the Council's Clean Air consultation. Our first blog set out our review of the Council's proposed measures including a charging clean air zone and an alternative approach made up of a lower emission zone where non-compliant vehicles are banned and there are tolls on the city centre bridge. In this blog we propose measures for the city as a whole and specifically for the City Centre Air Quality Management Read more [...]

Air Quality – What Works?

The Government has directed Newcastle City Council to meet air quality limits in the shortest possible timescales. To achieve that, the Council must use the most effective and fastest acting measures to reduce pollution in locations where legal limits are not being met. Measures that take longer or are not as effective may also be included in the plan in addition, but not instead of, the most effective measures. We thought we would take a look to see what the evidence says. Broadly Read more [...]

Which works best – Tolls or a Clean Air Zone?

Newcastle City Council have released the Air Quality Feasibility Study that will be used for its forthcoming consultation. Whatever the final plan that is chosen, it must by law meet air quality limits within the shortest possible timescale. The question for the consultation therefore is how should that be achieved. Read more [...]

Your Right to Clean Air

Newcastle City Council has published its feasibility study for a Charging Clean Air Zone. This shows that, other than in a few locations, air quality can be improved to be within legal limits by 2021, sixteen years after they should first have been met. Although this is welcome progress, it does mean Newcastle has missed the deadline set by Government to produce a final plan by the end of December 2018. Read more [...]