Derby’s diesel scrappage proponent loses his seat

The leader of Derby City Council lost his seat last night in the English local elections, potentially throwing the city’s clean air plans into further confusion

Road junction of Mercian Way with Abbey Street, Derby
Derby suffers from some of the highest nitrogen dioxide concentrations in England

The leader of Derby City Council lost his seat last night in the English local elections, potentially throwing the city’s clean air plans into further confusion.

Labour’s Ranjit Banwait was behind a series of letters to environment minister Thérèse Coffey, defending Derby City Council’s opposition to a charging clean air zone (CAZ). The council also missed a number of deadlines to inform DEFRA of its plans, ahead of the formal submission of its business case for meeting nitrogen dioxide limits, due by 15 September. The government had pressed Banwait for details on three occasions.

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