Basildon Council's Urgent Decisions and Staffing Sub Committee met last night (Tuesday 14 May) to discuss the plans, which were developed after the Government told a number of local authorities across the country, including Basildon, that they needed to tackle air quality hotspots in their areas.
Tests found that that a section of the A127 between east and west Basildon, and parts of the business area to the south of it, has poor air quality that breaks national safe limits. The proposals discussed by the council's committee meeting on 14 May outlined plans to:
Cllr Kevin Blake, Vice Chairman of the Urgent Decision and Staffing Sub Committee, said: "Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health that we face in our local community, and so we support the local actions which will help us to address the issues we've identified. The proposed non-charging Clean Air Zone, alongside our other planned local transport improvements, will help us improve the air we breathe in Basildon."