Why DEFRA has criticised two cities’ clean air efforts

Thérèse Coffey has written to Birmingham and Derby city councils raising concerns over their progress in drawing up clean air proposals, while other authorities are powering ahead. Gareth Simkins investigates

Aerial view of Birmingham

Birmingham City Council received a letter after missing air quality deadlines

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has attacked two city councils’ progress in developing clean air zones (CAZs), concerned that both may not meet a legal deadline to finalise their plans.

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