By SEHERISH MAHMOOD
In common with many other UK Cities, Bradford has areas of poor air quality in urban centres and near busy roads which is impacting on the health of residents. In order to help resolve this problem, Bradford Council was recently directed by the Government to undertake a study to see how Bradford can improve air quality over the coming months.
The government will now be working with Bradford to develop a local air quality plan which sets out how Bradford will meet the legal limits for nitrogen dioxide. Bradford will be looking at a range of interventions for the district.
A plan must be submitted to government by 31st October 2019. The plan will include health impact and economic assessment of the options and an opportunity for Bradford to receive government funding to help improve air quality and health in the City.
Bev Maybury, Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing at Bradford Council said:
“We all need to understand and take responsibility for the implications that air pollution has not only on the environment but also how it affects our health, especially on young children, the elderly and people with heart and lung problems.
“I am really pleased that we are in a position where we will be planning ahead to try and alleviate the issue of air pollution in every way we can in Bradford and hopefully the health burden of air pollution can be reduced.”