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Route in Lichfield to become part of £200,000 project to tackle air pollution

A stretch of road in Lichfield is to become part of a £200,000 project aiming to improve air quality across Staffordshire.

The A38 route from Wall Island to Alrewas will be targeted as part of the initiative by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to tackling ‘anti-idling’ in vehicles and encouraging people to consider greener and active modes of travel.

Cllr Alan White, deputy leader and Cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council, said the money from the Government would be spent on local campaigns as well as exploring longer-term options to tackle the problem.

“We know that air pollution, especially from vehicles on some of our most congested main roads can cause many health issues and it’s important we do what we can to improve air quality for everyone,” he said.

“This funding is very welcome and will not only allow us to run some practical campaigns with local communities, schools and businesses but will also allow us to explore other longer-term solutions to the issue.

“We’ll also be bringing together expertise from our own public health teams and highways department and will be working closely with district and borough councils.”

The Government said the decision to devolve the finance down to regions would allow the to tackle the problem more effectively.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “We have been clear that local leaders are best placed to develop innovative plans that rapidly meet the needs of their communities.

“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to support the local momentum needed and continue to improve our air now and for future generations.

“Improving air quality is about more than just tackling emissions from transport, so later this year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering cleaner air for the whole country.”

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  1. Darryl Godden

    3rd May, 2018 at 8:36 am

    £200,000 to tell people their cars are not environmentally friendly…

    Sometimes I yearn for the warm embrace of death.

  2. Nodge

    3rd May, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Surely they should have picked a more polluted route, more deserving of the funding such as any of the roads that branch off the Birmingham Rd junction in the City Centre? Heavens above.

  3. Steve

    3rd May, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The stupidity is amazing. Build more homes and get more people into the city, then be surprised when there is more traffic and pollution.

    There are thousands of cars idling everyday, in delays and diversions created by new homes developers blocking the roads.

    Lets all get back on the bus. Shame the council have cancelled so many of them.

    There is no joined up thinking. Every aspect is seen on it’s own.

    Increase prices at leisure centres and reduce special deals. Then be shocked when local obesity is increasing. Get more people in the city, then be shocked when there is an impact. Cut police numbers, then be surprised when crime goes up…….

    I have previously almost lost my job as the Cross City Line was so poor and so unreliable. For a lot of people, there is little alternative to their car.

  4. AgitatorofPeople

    3rd May, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Friarsgate shopping centre will be a great help in reducing pollution in the city if they ever build it, oh no wait, no it wont, everybody will have to drive to it, on the same old pot holed road system infrastructure using the back streets of Lichfield as rat runs, less buses, bugger all integrated cycle system crap trains and when shoppers eventually park their German diesel cars with terrible emissions, they get to pay whopping parking charges, oh yes, it will be a massively attractive place to shop and live. We are going to need a new slogan “Leave Lichfield”.

  5. apple9686

    3rd May, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Anti-idling on the A38 from Wall island to Alrewas? The route should be the A5127 Through Lichfield !! The Congestion on this road unacceptable. Are there Houses on the A38 between Wall island and Alrewas?, hardly, But plenty on the town centre road.

  6. Ron

    3rd May, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    What a waste of money! . . . Speechless . . . .

  7. thecrofter

    3rd May, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The A38 doesn’t go from Wall Island to Alrewas. From Swinfen to Wall it’s the A5148.

  8. Roy Appleby

    4th May, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Your right ?

  9. Philip Allso

    9th May, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Lichfield council are in denial regarding air pollution, especially PM2.5 the most deadly micro particulates. They are routing a ‘Bypass’ through an urban area with a proposed 900 new houses. Hope there is a cemetery in the plans.