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TONBRIDGE & MALLING
BOROUGH COUNCIL

LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

ADVISORY BOARD

03 September 2013

Report of the Director of Planning, Housing and Environmental Health

Part 1
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Public

Matters for Recommendation to Cabinet

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Non
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Key Decision (Decision may

be taken
by the Cabinet Member)



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AIR QUALITY UPDATE

Summary

This report provides an update on air quality involving a variety of bids for
funding to support initiatives that have the potential to improve air quality.


Background

1.1.1

To demonstrate

a commitment to help to reduce air pollution arising from
transport, the Government has provided funding in the form of grant aid through
DEFRA, the DfT and the Clean Bus Technology Fund to support local authority air
quality initiatives. Local authoritie
s can apply either as a single entity or in
partnership with other organisations. The number of applications frequently
exceeds the amount of grant money available, so there is no guarantee an
application will be successful.

1.1.2

The Council has a duty to prod
uce an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for its
designated Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).The AQAP must set out
measures the Council intends to implement to demonstrate that it is working
towards improving the air quality, in these areas.

1.1.3

Measures are
detailed in TMBC’s AQAP to identify transport measures which may
improve traffic emissions within all the AMQAs; to support sustainable transport
initiatives and to promote the uptake of cleaner or alternative fuels. The Borough
Council’s role in this is
one of promoting, coordinating and, where practical,
facilitating change and new initiatives. However, the role of other agencies, such
as transport operators and particularly the County Council, as Highways Authority,
is critical.

1.1.4

As a member of the Kent

and Medway Air Quality Partnership, officers are
involved in establishing air quality projects and initiatives and also made aware of
other LAs’ initiatives. Officers in TMBC have facilitated the Councils involvement
in four applications for funding of pr
ospective air quality projects, from various
sources.

All the projects have the potential to achieve beneficial air quality impacts

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across the borough and Kent. The projects also have the specific potential to
improve air quality within the Tonbridge and W
ateringbury Air Quality
Management Areas (AQMAs).

1.1.5

The four projects and the lead authority are:



ECO stars project


Canterbury City Council



Rapid charge plug in electric vehicle points


Sussex Air



Fast charge plug in electric vehicle

points


Kent County
Council (KCC)



Retrofitting emissions abatement equipment to buses


Tunbridge Wells
Borough Council (TWBC).

1.2

ECO S
tars


1.2.1

The aim of this scheme is to set up and implement an ECO Stars Fleet
Recognition Scheme in the area of each local authority that has offered support to
Canterbury City Council in submitting a bid to DEFRA’s 2013/14 Air Quality Grant
Programme.
ECO Stars
is a scheme which engages with commer
cial operators
at a local level

encouraging and helping them to reduce the impact of their
activities on air quality and the environment.

1.2.2

ECO Stars is a fuel management and operational efficiency support programme,
des
igned to reduce fuel consumption, thereby reducing carbon, nitrogen oxides
and particulate emissions. The scheme comes with the added benefit of providing
tools and ongoing support for operators to reduce costs and reduce their
environmental impact.

1.2.3

There

are

a number of commercial vehicle depots within
the Borough
, which
operate through AQMAs (both within the borough and neighbouring authorities).
The
ECO

S
tars initiative offers the
B
orough
C
ouncil an opportunity to reduce air
pollution through engagement

with these commercial operators. Additionally, the
initiative presents an opportunity to improve the air quality in AQMAs with
otherwise limited viable
and practical
solutions due to
financial or
physical
constraints.

1.2.4

The project suppor
ts local air qual
ity management

by aiming to reduce emissions,
encouraging t
he uptake of cleaner technology

and promoting cleaner and more
efficient operations.

1.2.5

If

the bid is successful, the grant funding will cover the cost of the
ECO

S
tars
project, in each district.

Offi
cers will have the opportunity at this stage to work with
the ECO Stars contractor to tailor the initiative to the individual requirement of the
Tonbridge and Malling businesses targeted. This might include a greater focus on
green driver training or trip
management, for example. Officers will provide the

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ECO Stars contractor with a list of potential clients within the area to be targeted
for the scheme.

1.2.6

Other authorities that have supported the bid are:

Canterbury CC, Maidstone BC,
Swale BC, Thanet DC an
d Tunbridge Wells BC.

1.3

Rapid C
harge

and Fast Charge Plug
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in Electric V
ehicle
(EV) Points

1.3.1

Two bids (each for a different type of charging point) were submitted to the Office
for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Funding Programme. One of these included
rapid char
ges which achieves an 80 per cent battery charge for electric vehicles in
15
-
30 minutes. The other concerns fast

charger
s

which

deliver a full battery
charge in 3
-
4 hours

(or a
25 per cent
top
-
up ‘get me home’ charge in

30 minutes
).

The difference in
performance is based on their different power input; the greater
the power input, the quicker the battery will charge.

1.3.2

The Rapid Charges bid, led by Sussex Air, includes the establishment of a South
East Network of charging points within 20
-
30 miles of eac
h other. The aim being
to offer confidence to current and future EV drivers that they will be able to travel
around without experiencing ‘range anxiety’. Rapid Chargers offer a quick charge
due to large power input; the large power input means it is not pr
actical in a
domestic environment.

1.3.3

The Fast Charges bid is aimed at installation of points on public asset sites such
as Council
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owned car parks or Gateways. It will provide the opportunity for
members of the public to recharge their vehicle when visiting

the location.
Participating authorities will be seen to be leading by example in the adoption of
cleaner fuel technology.

1.3.4

The two bids have and will continue to be coordinated with each other to ensure a
strategic deployment of EV charging points. The two

bids will also coordinate with
other bids by the NHS and train operators if these are successful.

1.3.5

Both these bids have received confirmation of success from OLEV.

1.3.6

In terms of the Rapid Chargers bid,
there will be no cost to the authority for the
charger
s with 75

per cent

of the funding coming from the OLEV grant and the
remaining 25

per cent

being contributed by the supplier. Councils will be required
to insure the units if installed on council land. Officers will be asked to identify
suitable strategic
locations within their area and assist with installation.
In respect
of Fast Chargers bid, t
h
e cost per installation is £10k.

OLEV

is

offering 75

per
cent
grants for installation and
KCC

ha
s

provided an undertaking that the
maximum contribution they woul
d be seeking fr
o
m the districts is £2k
. This can be
allocated from the Environmental Health reserve
.

O
fficers will be asked to liaise
internally to find a suitable strategic location on a council
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owned land
.
T
o date
TMBC
’s officer suggestions have includ
ed the car park at the
G
ateway,
T
onbridge
and at the
K
ings
H
ill offices.


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1.3.7

These initiatives have been broadly supported throughout the county,
neighbouring counties and relevant organisations.

1.4

Retrofitting Emissions Abatement Equipment to B
uses

1.4.1

Officers at
Tunbridge Wells have put together an application to the Cleaner Bus
Technology Fund through the DfT, to retrofit emissions abatement equipment to
buses along specified routes. The technology is different to that for which officers
at TMBC (in partnership w
ith MBC, KCC and Arriva) were successful in being
awarded funding by DEFRA for buses along the A20 last year.

1.4.2

The
Arriva bus
routes that
TWBC
officers have
chosen for this project include

the
6,

6a and the 7 which travel through Wateringbury AQMA and the 7 and 402
which travel through the Tonbridge
High Street
AQMA.

1.4.3

There are no financial and other resource implications and
t
his bid has also been
supported by Maidstone BC.

1.5

Legal Implications

1.5.1

The
Council has a duty to work towards improving the air quality within its
AQMAs, through the development of its Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) which
endeavours to identify practical measures which can be adopted and implemented
to achieve this duty.


1.5.2

Th
ese

i
nitiative
s

support the Borough Council’s current
AQAP

under a number of
the listed measures. Th
ese include the improvement of traffic emissions within the
various AQMAs, providing

support and
promot
ing

sustainable transport initiatives
,
ensuring

effective
coordination between
local air quality action plans and

promot
ing
the uptake and use of cleaner or
a
lternative fuel, where possible
.

1.6

Financial and Value for Money Considerations

1.6.1

Whilst we are committed to supporting these initiatives, officers understand
that
full participation is dependent on understanding exactly what the financial
commitment from the Council for each of the schemes will involve and this aspect
will be reviewed in detail when this information becomes available. Currently
there is no com
mitment beyond existing budget and resource provision.

1.7

Risk Assessment

1.7.1

If no grant is awarded for a particular project, that project will not proceed.

1.8

Equality Impact Assessment

1.8.1

See 'Screening for equality impacts' table at end of report.



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1.9

Recommendations

1.9.1

Members are asked to
ENDORSE

the support that officers have offered to other
local authorities and organisations, as detailed, which will be incorporated into our
Air Quality Action Plan.


Background papers:

contact: Jacqui Rands

Nil


Steve Humphrey

Director of Planning, Housing and Environmental Health


Screening for equality impacts:

Question

Answer

Explanation of impacts

a.

Does the decision being made or
recommended through this paper
have potential to cause adverse
impact or discriminate against
different groups in the community?

No

The application for grant aid is to
enable the Council to aim to improve
the air quality for residents within a
geographical area.

b.

Does the decision being made or
recommended through this paper
make a positive
contribution to
promoting equality?

No

The report details the application for
grant aid to enable the Council to
fulfil a statutory duty.

c.

What steps are you taking to
mitigate, reduce, avoid or minimise
the impacts identified above?



In submitting this
report, the Chief Officer doing so is confirming that they have given due
regard to the equality impacts of the decision being considered, as noted in the table
above.