Fareham Borough Council has received £500,000 in Government funding to help improve the Borough's air quality.
The grant will go towards the Council's work to ensure levels of nitrogen dioxide fall within legal limits.
This follows a Government report which highlighted areas across the country, including Fareham, which could have unacceptable levels of nitrogen dioxide in the future. Specifically, the report highlighted the stretch of road from the A27 near the Delme roundabout, down to the Quay Street roundabout, part of Gosport Road and along the A27 to the Station roundabout. A major factor is around 30,000 vehicles travelling in and out of the Gosport peninsula each day.
The extra funding will support the work of the Council's new air quality working group. This group includes councillors, experts, and representatives from local partners.
The funding award has been made by the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), part of Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Cllr Seán Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: "Improving the Borough's air quality is one of our key priorities as we know how important clean air is to health and wellbeing. This funding award will allow us, along with our partners at DEFRA and the Department for Transport, to implement our strategy towards a cleaner, brighter future."
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