Together with representatives from Old Portsmouth and Milton neighbourhood forums, I raised concerns over Portsmouth City Council’s weak actions in tackling air pollution with our Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. We described the city wide air pollution situation, as well as the secrecy and inconsistencies of PCC’s actions. One of the most troubling concerns is that PCC cannot give a straight answer to what traffic growth is expected in the next few years. If they say it is 5% per annum, their air quality plans are insufficient. If it is just 0.5%, there is no need for the city centre road scheme. Can PCC get its story straight?
Stephen Morgan seemed to take on the large quantity of information, and said it seems like a failure of governance at PCC, not just a capacity problem (caused by lack of resources). He said he would raise this in the house of commons as a question to the appropriate minister. He also expressed concern that the PCC planning department have been cut back so much as to only be able to be reactive to needs, not proactive.
He also mentioned that the full council is going to debate a motion to declare a climate emergency, if I understood him correctly. I will try to get confirmation.
Other useful documents/news:
What do ClientEarth’s legal cases mean for Feasibility Studies for nitrogen dioxide compliance in England – I suggest PCC memorizes this
Traffic bosses set to switch off traffic lights at major Portsmouth roundabout in bid to cut air pollution
Apparently, PCC’s Cough Cough Engine Off campaign posters were based on Tracey’s poster design (created for #LetPompeyBreathe)!
PS PCC where is your draft Air Quality Plan sent to DEFRA at the end of Jan 2019?