Midlands Mayor Calls For Clean Air Coalition To End Premature Deaths

Fri 22nd Jun 2018

The Mayor of the West Midlands is determined to put an end to premature deaths in region caused by air pollution and is calling on a coalition of councils to help tackle the issue.

After a clean air zone was proposed for the city of Birmingham, Andy Street called for urgent action for the region.

Street said: "Air quality is a public health crisis which needs urgent action here in the West Midlands.

"1,600 premature deaths each year in the West Midlands are caused by air pollution.

"It’s sadly true that some of our roads have higher levels of pollution than bus depots in the region.

"We need a ‘Clean Air Revolution’ to tackle this issue head-on. We have the opportunity to build a coalition of government, councils, industry, universities and residents to lead the clean air agenda in the West Midlands, the UK and the world.

"Birmingham City Council has taken the bold step of proposing a Clean Air Zone for the city, and residents and other groups have the opportunity to make their views known in the next few weeks on how we tackle the air quality challenge in Birmingham."

Though the clean air zone has yet to be ratified by Birmingham City Council, Street is keen for other stakholders, including those from the motor industry, to help fight the problem.

He said: "Companies like Geely, GKN and Jaguar Land Rover have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in the development and production of electric cars, taxis and components in the West Midlands.

"Our manufacturers have already developed some of the cleanest engines in the world, and they are improving all the time."