Basildon Council resists DEFRA’s clean air zone threat

Basildon councillors have made a “decisive” decision not to implement a charging clean air zone, despite DEFRA threatening to impose one.

An extraordinary meeting of the local authority last week voted overwhelmingly in favour of setting speed limit of 50 miles per hour on the local stretch of the A127, which connects London to Southend-on-Sea. The measure was put to DEFRA in May, as part of the council’s outline business case for complying with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limits, which was due by the end of March last year.

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