Agenda item

Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development


Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)


I, Paul Dennett, City Mayor, in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

Approve the report dated 28 July 2020 titled ‘Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan: Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside’, and:


-       Note the progress of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan

-       Note the progress in the development of the Clean Commercial Vehicle and Hardship funds

-       Note the initial funding award of £41m for clean vehicle funds to award grants or loans to eligible businesses

-       Note the Government has accepted the need for vehicle replacement funds for    Hackney carriages and Light Goods Vehicles, but has requested further development of shared evidence on the needs within that complex sector before responding; also Government does not support the Sustainable Journeys measure

-      Note that TfGM is seeking confirmation that the funding award for Bus Retrofit is a continuation of Clean Bus Technology Funds to be distributed as soon as possible as per previous arrangements

-      Note the Government will not support electric vehicle charging infrastructure through Clean Air monies but have committed to work with GM on securing funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

-      Agree the position that the GM Local Authorities will move to a statutory public consultation on the GM Clean Air Plan as soon as reasonably practicable;

-      Further agree the position that the GM Local Authorities’ decision to commence a public consultation should be taken once there is a clear timeframe for exiting lockdown and moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 response

-      Note the implementation of a GM CAZ is delayed to 2022 with a revised implementation date to be confirmed in the consultation commencement report

-      Note the DfT’s positioning paper “Decarbonising Transport – Setting the Challenge”

-      Note the assessment of the possible impacts of COVID-19 to inform a technical briefing note for decision makers; and

-      Note that the GM local Authorities intend to consult on GM’s proposed Minimum Licensing Standards (MLS) alongside the Clean Air Plan consultation, and agree the position for consultation on when taxi/PHV fleets should be Zero Emission Capable.


The Reasons: progress continues to be made towards developing a Charging Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester and the next major milestone is the undertaking of a statutory consultation (as soon as reasonably practicable) - these are key Government requirements. 

Options considered and rejected were: not applicable.

Assessment of Risk: Low

The source of funding is: assumed to be Government funded - £36m received to date for the Charging Clean Air Zone and £41m for Clean Vehicle Funds.   

Legal Advice obtained: Sian Roxborough, City Solicitor.

Financial Advice obtained: Joanne Hardman, Chief Finance Officer 

Procurement Advice obtained: n/a.

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

(if the documents disclose exempt or confidential information, they should not be listed, but the following wording shall be inserted : "(The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection)":-

Contact Officer:  Bernie Vaudrey                          Tel No 0161 793 2283


*           This document records a key decision, but the matter was not             included in the Council's Forward Plan and it has been dealt with             under the emergency procedure.

*           This decision is urgent and is not subject to call-in, in accordance with              the Decision Making Procedure Rules

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the             Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.



Signed: Paul Dennett          Dated: 28 July 2020

City Mayor




*           This decision was published on 28 July 2020.                                             

*           This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 4 August 2020                                                 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


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