Chamber Urges Companies to Feedback
The Chamber has held a series of consultation events with NE1, Newcastle’s Business Improvement District, to hear businesses views on air quality. As we told Radio Newcastle this morning, our members have said that they acknowledge that air quality is an issue for businesses . However this needs to be balanced with the need to keep the area economically competitive to allow businesses to continue to trade and employ people in the region.
Based on our members feedback we believe that there needs to be investment in our public transport links before implementing any charges. There needs to be a viable alternative for people to use to access the city centre. Cheaper, more reliable and faster services would enable more people to use public transport, helping to keep the city accessible for businesses whilst making any air quality proposals more effective.
There also need to be support for businesses to cope with the changes, this could involve a wider grant scheme to help businesses upgrade vehicles as under the clean air charging zone vehicles with older engines will be impacted. Flexibility from the Councils with any of their proposals will be needed, this could include having lower charges at off-peak times. Ongoing consultation between the Councils and businesses on the type of grants and support businesses need will crucial going forwards. The Chamber will continue to work with our members and ensure that the business voice is heard.
The public consultation is still open but closes soon, to give your feedback to the Councils and to find out more about the proposals please use the following link : https://www.breathe-cleanair.com/