The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, has welcomed that the Conservative Government are investing nearly £60k in to improving air quality in Eastleigh. This new investment will fund a project designed to collect data about domestic and road side pollution.
The announcement will see £3 million invested in 28 innovative projects across the country, with local authorities provided with the funding they need to deliver bespoke projects that will work for the local community. These projects will help to deliver the actions set out in the Government’s Clean Air Strategy earlier this year, which was described by the World Health Organisation as ‘an example for the rest of the world to follow’.
Commenting, Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies said:
“I know how important air quality is to people living and working right across our area, and having worked closely with members of the Hedge End Breathe Easy Group and others, I know that this cash will be widely welcomed in our area.
“Of key importance is that Eastleigh Borough Council – who will be provided with this funding – use this money wisely. This Council’s approach to planning locally has led to many of the concerns that my constituents have over the air that we all breathe, and this is a good opportunity for bosses at Eastleigh Borough Council to right that wrong – I very much hope that they do so!”
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey added:
“While we know air pollution has reduced significantly in recent decades, it is still the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Today’s funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the local momentum needed to continue to improve our air now and for future generations.
“Local authorities are best placed to introduce systems that work best for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.”