Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment urged to fund air pol­lu­tion mea­sures

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been urged to pro­vide suf­fi­cient fund­ing to tackle air pol­lu­tion in Fife.

The call from Scot­tish Greens en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change spokesman Mark Ruskell MSP fol­lows the an­nounce­ment of £200 mil­lion from the UK Gov­ern­ment to tackle ni­trous ox­ide emis­sions from the road­side.

Mr Ruskell said Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham had re­fused to con­firm whether the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment would spend its share of the money to tackle air pol­lu­tion.

He claimed Scot­land would be due around £20m un­der Bar­nett con­se­quen­tials and asked the cab­i­net sec­re­tary to con­firm that ev­ery penny would be spent.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said she was not go­ing to com­ment on Bar­nett con­se­quen­tials.

Fife has two of Scot­land’s 38 Air Qual­ity Man­age­ment Ar­eas – Ap­pin Cres­cent, Dun­fermline, and Bon­ny­gate, Cu­par.

Mr Ruskell said: “The First Min­is­ter has out­lined a num­ber of mea­sure in her pro­gramme for gov­ern­ment to help tackle poor air qual­ity, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of low emis­sion zones in Scot­land’s four big­gest cities. This is a wel­come move.

“There are 38 air pol­lu­tion hotspots in Scot­land, how­ever, in­clud­ing two in Fife.

“Peo­ple are be­ing forced to breathe in toxic air on a daily ba­sis and re­search shows ap­prox­i­mately 2,500 peo­ple are dy­ing each year as a re­sult in Scot­land.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment needs to move quicker to im­ple­ment so­lu­tions.”

Mr Ruskell said it was vi­tal that the gov­ern­ment pro­vided the money needed by Fife Coun­cil to tackle the is­sue.

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