Agenda and decisions

Special, Cabinet
Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 12.00 pm

Venue: Executive Meeting Room - The Guildhall

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services Tel 9283 4057  Email: joanne.wildsmith@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interests

3.

Air Quality Local Plan - Outline Business Case pdf icon PDF 305 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Regeneration and Director of Public Health is to outline the content of the Air Quality Local Plan Outline Business Case and seeks approval of its submission to government.

 

The Government has imposed a Ministerial Direction on the City Council to produce a Local Air Quality Plan ("the Plan") demonstrating the actions that will be taken to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide to comply with at least legal limit value in the shortest possible time[1] following the Secretary of State issuing a direction under the Environment Act 1995.

 

The Plan has been developed by PCC with guidance from Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU). The Plan is evidence based and throughout its development has been scrutinised by JAQU to ensure quality and robustness.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that Cabinet:

(1)       Approves the Air Quality Local Plan Outline Business Case (OBC) for submission to the government's Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) for a Class B CAZ covering a small area in the southwest of Portsea Island (see Plan attached as an appendix to this report), along with improvements to cycling infrastructure, amendments to Alfred Road traffic signals, parking measures and a package of financial support, marketing and engagement activity;

 

(2)       Delegates authority to the Director of Regeneration and Section 151 Officer to finalise the OBC following consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, to ensure the Plan meets the requirements of the HM Treasury Green Book methodology;

 

(3)       Approves commencement of a 12 week statutory consultation in early 2020, pending approval of the OBC by JAQU;

 

(4)       Notes that further stakeholder engagement and public consultation will be required to inform ongoing work to produce a Full Business Case for submission (FBC) in 2020;

 

(5)       Notes that proposals in the Plan are conditional upon sufficient funding being provided by Government;

 

(6)       Notes that the proposals in the Plan are a small part of the wider work that the Council is undertaking to address air pollution and climate change in the city, particularly in relation to public transport improvements through the transforming cities fund bid;

 

(7)       Delegates authority to the Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, in consultation with the joint working arrangements with Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council through the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit Board, to agree the final Strategic Outline Business Case submission to the Transforming Cities Fund bid.

 



[1] In the case of the Air Quality Local Plan this is considered to be measures that can be delivered as quickly as or more quickly than a charging Clean Air Zone can be made operational. JAQU consider that a charging CAZ could be operational in Portsmouth by the end of 2021; therefore other measure must be capable of being delivered by this date to be considered. 

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Decision:

The Cabinet:

 

(1)       Approved the Air Quality Local Plan Outline Business Case (OBC) for submission to the government's Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) for a Class B CAZ covering a small area in the southwest of Portsea Island (see Plan attached as an appendix to the report), along with improvements to cycling infrastructure, amendments to Alfred Road traffic signals, parking measures and a package of financial support, marketing and engagement activity;

 

(2)       Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration and Section 151 Officer to finalise the OBC following consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, to ensure the Plan meets the requirements of the HM Treasury Green Book methodology;

 

(3)       Approved commencement of a 12 week statutory consultation in early 2020, pending approval of the OBC by JAQU;

 

(4)       Noted that further stakeholder engagement and public consultation will be required to inform ongoing work to produce a Full Business Case for submission (FBC) in 2020;

 

(5)       Noted that proposals in the Plan are conditional upon sufficient funding being provided by Government;

 

(6)       Noted that the proposals in the Plan are a small part of the wider work that the Council is undertaking to address air pollution and climate change in the city, particularly in relation to public transport improvements through the transforming cities fund bid;

 

(7)       Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, in consultation with the joint working arrangements with Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council through the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit Board, to agree the final Strategic Outline Business Case submission to the Transforming Cities Fund bid.