At today's Combined Authority meeting in Leigh, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, supplied an update following meetings held earlier this week:

The Mayor said: "I met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Wednesday as only he can enable a review, variation or withdrawal of the Clean Air Scheme.

"We are all committed to improving air quality and the health of our residents but we also recognise that major changes are needed to the current scheme.

"I asked the Secretary of State to consider all options, in particular to lift the Government's legal direction on all 10 Greater Manchester councils to provide more time for us to achieve compliance.

"This is because as we have previously articulated we fear the current scheme may not be successful in achieving compliance by 2024, but will cause real hardship to many businesses in Greater Manchester as a result of recent changes to the supply chain and cost inflation."


Article Published: 28/01/2022 11:03 AM