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Funding provided to support the implementation of a low emission zone : EIR release

Published: 7 Jan 2019

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Published:
7 Jan 2019
Funding provided to support the implementation of a low emission zone : EIR release

FOI reference: FOI/18/03621
Date received: 5 December 2018
Date responded: 7 January 2019

Information requested

How much capital funding has been made available to each local authority in Scotland to support the implementation of a low emission zone alongside a breakdown of funding. 

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations.  We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. 

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.  We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes.  This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

Response

In response to your request £2.2 million capital and £400,000 resource funding was made available to local authorities from the 2018/19 budget to support the introduction of low emission zones.

It should be noted that local authorities were invited to bid for both capital and resource funding.

Glasgow City Council were the only local authority to bid for capital funding at this time. The details of which were outlined in our response to your query dated 6 November 2018 (reference: FoI/18/03265).  I have provided a table with breakdown of spend as requested.

It may be helpful to note that the other bids received from local authorities focused on resource funding in this financial year. I have included these figures for your convenience.

The following tables outline the breakdown of funding allocated:

 

Glasgow City Council - Capital and Resource Funding

Item/Activity - Capital

Award (£)

Bus Priority Measures

100,000

Item/Activity - Resource

Traffic Modelling

48,000

Stakeholder Engagement Workshops

5000

Equalities Impact Assessment and Environmental Appraisal

30,000

Staffing Costs

22,000

Communications work

60,000

Evaluability Assessment

1,800

Total

266,800

 

City of Edinburgh Council -  Resource Funding Only

Item/Activity

Award (£)

Impact Assessments

50,000

Traffic modelling and technical support to inform LEZ boundary identification

10,000

Assessment of commercial vehicle fleets in Edinburgh impacted by LEZs

50,000

Further air quality data collection and monitoring

1800

Total

111,800

 

Dundee City Council - Resource Funding Only

Item/Activity

Award (£)

Consultant support to develop LEZ proposals

100,000

Upgrades to the regional traffic model to support LEZ options testing

40,000

Total

140,000

 

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