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Adoption of York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3)

Meeting: 14/12/2015 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change (Item 16)

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This report summarises the response to the pre decision call-in of York’s third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3) and consideration by the Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee (EDAT) on 18 November 2015. The report asks the Executive Member to formally adopt the amended AQAP3, as a result of the consultation process,together with some further revisions requested by EDAT.

 

 

Decision:

Resolved:           That the Executive Member agreed Option 2 and accepted the revisions to the Action Plan as recommended by Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee (as amended by the Executive Member, see minutes) and as a result;

 

Formally adopted the amended AQAP3, as a result of the consultation process, as York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan.

 

 

Reason:                This option will ensure that York continues to have a robust, current and relevant AQAP based on a strong local emission evidence base. This will facilitate continuing delivery of the aims and objectives of the LES.  AQAP3 will deliver emission reduction and health improvement benefits throughout the city and by 2021 should deliver the national air quality objectives for NO2 at most, if not all, locations in York. Adoption of AQAP3 will demonstrate to DEFRA that York is continuing to strive to improve air quality in the city and may reduce the possibility of substantial air quality fines in the future.  AQAP3 will ensure that York continues to attract low emission vehicles, technologies and associated jobs ahead of other local authorities and having a newly adopted LES based AQAP3 in place will strengthen York’s bid to become one of OLEV’s designated Ultra-Low Emission Cities.  If successful this bid will attract millions of pounds of investment in low emission vehicles and infrastructure to York from 2016 onwards.

 

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report which advised of York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan which had been considered by the Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee (EDAT) following a pre-decision call in.

 

Following the EDAT meeting, having listened to comments and concerns the Executive Member had chosen to defer his Decision Session to allow further  time for the suggestions made at EDAT to be considered and suggested improvements made. The report before the Executive Member at this meeting was the result of that process.

 

Paragraphs 3 to 26 of the Officers report summarised the issues raised at the EDAT meeting.

 

The Executive Member considered the suggested revisions as outlined as Option 2 at paragraph 28 of the report and accepted the revisions with a number of changes. The final revisions were as follows:

 

I.      To produce a further report outlining the resources and procedure required to adopt powers under The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty)(England) Regulations 2002 to allow enforcement against idling buses (and other vehicles) in the event that other measures are unsuccessful. The Executive Member also requested that Officers look into the legal aspects and training issues surrounding the Council’s Enforcement Officer’s being able to manage idling, including current workload and a contact telephone for reporting idling vehicles.

 

II.     To recommend the adoption of Eco Stars (or a similar scheme) to the Executive by further report to be a requirement in all council contracts. The Executive Member also requested that as a minimum, Officers review vehicle leasing and procurement ahead of any report to Executive and further work to identify additional funding for such a scheme or development of a scheme within existing resources. Officers to work with the council’s partners and contractors to adopt a joint approach to reduce emissions.

 

III.   To commission a business plan for a freight transhipment / consolidation centre. The Executive Member recommended to Executive the development and facilitation of a business plan, as included in Local Transport Plan 3 and to work with the BID on this.

 

 

IV.  To report progress on meeting the air quality objectives and implementing the measures within AQAP3 via an “Annual Status Report” to the executive member and scrutiny committee on an annual basis. The Executive Member also recommended a regular report on trends back to the Executive Member for Environment Decision Session and for Officers to look into publishing information on the website to enable the public to see statistics and in a format which is understandable to the intended audience. The information is to include progress against the air quality objectives, delivery of measures within AQAP3 and delivery and use of electric vehicle charging points.

 

V.    Following further consultation with bus operators and others, to produce a report detailing the proposals for implementing a Clean Air Zone, including an economic impact test, details of funding and impact on the environment and health. The Executive Member recommended a report to Executive in line with the Park & Ride contract process.

 

VI.  Green Infrastructure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16


Meeting: 18/11/2015 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change (Item 9)

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The Executive Member is asked to consider the adoption of York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3), taking into account the views and/or recommendations of Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee expressed at its ‘pre-decision call-in’ meeting held prior to this decision making session.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Executive Member considered a report which presented him with the final draft of York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3), summarised the results of the public consultation and provided an update on new evidence relating to air quality and public health.

 

The Executive Member formally received the views of the Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee Pre Decision Call In Committee which had met prior to his decision making session. He appreciated that the committee was largely supportive of the plan as drafted but that it had made a number of comments which it would like him to take into account before approving the plan.  In view of the significance of the plan, the Executive Member felt that more time was needed to respond to and address the implications associated with the comments made by the scrutiny committee. He was therefore minded to request a further report covering those comments which related to:

economic viability; affordability; green infrastructure; an implementation plan; delivery targets and to the specific comments circulated by Councillor D’Agorne in advance of the meeting.

 

Resolved:   That a further decision session be arranged in December to consider a report addressing the comments set out above made by the pre-decision scrutiny committee together with their implications.

 

Reason:      To enable a full report to be considered reviewing the issues and their implications.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report which presented him with the final draft of York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3), summarised the results of the public consultation and provided an update on new evidence relating to air quality and public health.

 

The Executive Member formally received the views of the Economic Development and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee at a call-in meeting held prior to his decision making session. He appreciated that the Committee was largely supportive of the plan as drafted but that it had made a number of comments which it would like him to take into account before approving the plan.  In view of the significance of the plan, the Executive Member felt that more time was needed to respond to and address the implications associated with the comments made by the Scrutiny Committee. He therefore requested a further report addressing their comments which related to:

 

economic viability; affordability; green infrastructure; an implementation plan; delivery targets and to various specific issues circulated by Councillor D’Agorne in advance of the meeting.

 

Resolved:   That a further decision session be arranged in December to consider a report addressing the comments set out above made by the Scrutiny Committee, together with any associated implications.

 

Reason:      To enable a full report to be considered reviewing the issues and their implications.


 

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