Clean up our air in West Vale!

Labour-run Calderdale Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ in January 2019, but their record on the environment has been abysmal. Labour’s decision not to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in West Vale at June’s Cabinet meeting in 2022 is a testament to their climate hypocrisy.

In the vicinity of West Vale over 600 additional houses are set to be built under Labour's Local Plan, adding more vehicles to an area where the infrastructure simply cannot cope. More vehicles will sit idle in traffic, impacting upon the health of primary school children and local care home residents.

The Labour Cabinet refused to endorse the Place Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation to declare an AQMA in an area which for years has been very marginally complying with national air quality objectives, but dismissed it based on unsound evidence citing improved levels of air quality in 2020, at the height of restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, when there were greatly reduced traffic volumes.

At the last Cabinet meeting, we heard Labour claim that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) would not seriously consider an AQMA in West Vale, despite this decision being entirely at the discretion of the council. 

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Are you aware that the Labour-run Council plans on building over 600 additional homes in the West Vale area?
Do you think that congestion issues should be addressed with investment in our road network before housebuilding?
Do you support building on brownfield sites before any construction on Green Belt?
Do you support West Vale becoming an Air Quality Management Area in order to work towards reducing air pollution?