Improving air quality in Calderdale

Cllr Simon Young

Creating a healthier place for people to live, work and visit is something we all want.  

Air pollution from road transport can affect the health of residents, workers and visitors, and it’s widely recognised that the air quality in many urban areas needs to be improved. 

To help reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality, Calderdale Council is working with other West Yorkshire Authorities to develop a plan to tackle air pollution across the borough and the wider West Yorkshire area.   

To help us ensure that the plan addresses the key issues, we’re asking people to take part in a survey which covers many aspects of road transport and travel. The results of this survey will help shape our draft strategy to improve air quality. 

Some of the measures included in the strategy include requiring developers to assess and reduce the emissions associated with their development, also promoting healthy travel and encouraging low-emission transport. 

Residents and businesses are invited to comment on the draft strategy by visiting to examine the proposals, and complete the survey. The consultation closes on Friday 11 December.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Engagement, Cllr Simon Young, said: 

“This consultation is an opportunity for local people to help shape the Council’s strategy on air pollution.  The strategy will provide a common framework for the five West Yorkshire Authorities to improve air quality. 

“Residents, businesses and public bodies, and even visitors, can all play a part in helping us make a difference. We know that improving air quality is not an overnight task, but by each one of us doing a little to improve the air we breathe we will make significant improvements to our own health, the health of our children and future generations.”

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