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Residents are being asked for their views on the draft Slough Low Emission Strategy (LES).
Like many areas of the UK, Slough experiences elevated levels of air pollution which have a marked impact on the health of its residents.
While several factors contribute to the borough’s air quality, the emissions from road transport vehicles are the most significant source.
The council’s draft LES supports its new transport strategy and forms part of the Slough Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP). It lays out an integrated, year on year plan to improve air quality up to 2025, reducing vehicle emissions by accelerating the uptake of cleaner fuels and technologies.
Reducing air pollution from road transport through a low emission strategy is a Slough Labour Party manifesto pledge and improving the borough’s air quality is a key commitment in the council’s Five Year Plan (2017-2021).
The LES builds on significant activity already taking place across the borough, including the development of an extensive cycling infrastructure – including cycle hire facilities, the introduction of electric charge points in the town centre and at various council premises and the availability of electric pool cars and bikes for use by council staff.
Councillor Joginder Bal, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “The council has developed a low emission strategy which supports our transport strategy in targeting reductions in vehicle emissions across the borough.
“The health and wellbeing of our residents and the people who visit and work in Slough is paramount and we can make great improvements to our local air quality if we work together towards a shared vision.
“We are committed to making immediate and long lasting improvements to our environment and we’d like residents to help us shape our plans.
“We’d like people to tell us what they think about our strategy, and share their ideas for creating a low emissions future for Slough.”
Download the draft Low Emission Strategy and supporting documents from the Slough Borough Council website at:http://www.slough.gov.uk/ pests-pollution-and-food- hygiene/low-emission-strategy- 2018-2025.aspx
Residents are being encouraged to read the strategy, decide whether or not they agree with the priorities and leave their comments at https://www.surveymonkey.co. uk/r/SBC-LES before Monday 8 January 2018.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can write to Environmental Quality Team, Slough Borough Council, St Martins Place, 51, Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF. You can drop your letter/note in at MyCouncil if you prefer not to post it to us.
A final draft of the strategy, which will take into consideration the views of residents, is expected to go before the council’s cabinet for approval in February.
The development of Slough’s LES has been part funded through the DEFRA Air Quality Grant Programme and the strategy has been produced with technical support from Low Emission Strategies Ltd.