The Council has a number of powers, but we are nevertheless constrained in a number of ways, requiring the co-operation of transport operators and the general public and more funding for improved infrastructure. Air quality is a national problem and therefore needs a coordinated approach to ensure standards in different cities are consistent and fair while cutting harmful emissions as much as possible.

We are ready to introduce changes which will make a positive difference to this significant public health problem in our city. The funding available is for measures that deliver air quality improvements in the shortest time possible, and mitigation for those adversely affected by measures to deliver compliance. This is the main reason why measures that take a long time to implement (such as a large Clean Air Zone, and large infrastructure schemes of the scale of Metrobus) are not being considered further as part of this Plan.