Greater Manchester Chamber’s Assembly members have signalled their support for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan at the Chamber’s Spring Assembly.
All of those who voted at the meeting on 12th April agreed that Greater Manchester needed the plan, but concerns were raised by some about the impact it would have on overheads, disruption to the supply chain and staff commuting.
The vote followed a presentation by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the Clean Air Plan, which aims to cut pollution from vehicles. The 10 Greater Manchester local authorities are working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM to produce a single approach to the issue of air quality. The Chamber will now work with TfGM to ensure that its members play a full role in the public consultation, which starts in May prior to the final proposal being sent to government.
The votes on the Clean Air Plan were followed by a presentation on the Future of Skills by Joy Sewart, Director of Skills & Social Enterprise at Greater Manchester Chamber.
The majority of Assembly members said they had links with their local colleges and would be interested in getting involved in a local authority education development group. Most also felt that the Apprenticeship Levy could be used differently. The feedback from this is now being incorporated into the Chamber’s ongoing “Future of Skills 2028” campaign.
The meeting finished with an overview of the latest Quarterly Economic Survey and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a Spotlight on the Better Bus Campaign.
Commenting on Assembly, Chris Fletcher the Chamber’s Marketing & Campaign Director said: “The results from the Spring Assembly were hugely important in getting the conversation started with business on some big issues coming up over the next few months none bigger than the proposals for the GM Clean Air Plan and the ensuing Clean Air Zone charges.
“All along there has been support for the plan – as proven by the vote taken with members – however there is a lot resting on the financial package being asked for from government and how this will be used in the most effective way to make sure the Greater Manchester economy doesn’t get hit.
“Plans are being worked on to make sure that our members get fully involved with the consultation and an effective and realistic model is put in place to make sure we can start to tackle the huge health issues resulting from poor air quality.”