Health and Wellbeing Strategy

In 2015 Nottingham City Council was one of the first Local Authorities in the UK to undertake a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Air Quality, and include actions to improve air quality and health in its recently published Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016-2020).

The UK’s Lowest Emission Public Transport 

Nottingham’s radical Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) has enabled the city to deliver a step change in reducing the carbon footprint and detrimental air quality impact of its award winning public transport system. Raising in the region of £8 million pounds a year this fund has facilitated an investment in one of the UK’s largest Electric Bus Fleets (58 and counting) and the expansion of its tram network, which is one of the few light rail schemes to get off the ground in the UK in recent years.

Nottingham City Transport, the city’s main commercial operator (and municipally owned) launched the world’s largest fleet of double decker bio-gas buses in spring 2017, which replaced 53 old Euro III Vehicles.  Taken in the round this commitment to sustainable transport will make a significant contribution to the quality of the city’s air, with seamless travel between these different modes of transport facilitated by an all-operator Robin Hood Pay As You Go Smartcard, a Sherwood Forest-based cousin of London’s Oyster Card.

Cycle City Ambitions 

In May 2015 Nottingham City Council launched its vision for the city’s cycling future. Since October 2015 the council have been investing £6.1m awarded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership plus over £3m in match funding into improving cycle infrastructure in the city. This includes the delivery of cross-city cycle corridors, City Centre cycle connections, access to green spaces and corridors and improvements in local neighbourhoods. Investment in cycle infrastructure is recognised as a key driver in supporting economic growth, access to housing and jobs as well improving health, social inclusion and the environment.

Nottingham adopted its first Cycle Action Plan in 2008 with a second addition in 2012 and from this, the city has delivered infrastructure and promoted cycling through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the Local Transport Plan. This saw an uplift in the number of people cycling in the city but the current £9m investment in infrastructure in addition to further investment within the Local Transport Plan and recently awarded ERDF funding for work on a multi-user path alongside the River Leen will build on this legacy to work towards the Cycle City Vision target of 10% of journeys to work being made by bike by 2025.

In addition we have also delivered improvements to paths on the City’s Ring Road and we are investing £6.4m into sustainable transport infrastructure for the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, which is situated on the Boots Campus. This includes the construction of a dedicated pedestrian and cycle bridge over the midland mainline railway to connect the site to the recently opened Western Cycle Corridor as well as Nottingham Science Park, University of Nottingham and Queens Medical Centre.

We are also improving streets and public spaces within the City Centre including the Broad marsh redevelopment and Station Street to provide a better quality environment for walking and cycling.

We fully recognise that the benefits of cycling extend beyond just being a form of transport, and with new responsibilities for Public Health, the Council wants to continue to strengthen the link between active travel and citizens living healthy and happy lives. We recognise there are barriers to people cycling on a day to day basis but we are determined that we will breakdown these barriers and the implementation of this programme will go a long way to achieving this.

Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme 

Nottingham is on a journey to become a world class city. Our vision is for Nottingham and the wider area to become an exemplar for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) for buses, taxis and private hire vehicles, commercial fleets and private cars and vans as a core part of our sustainable transport system. Our success in securing £6.1m Go Ultra Low City funding from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles means that we can implement measures to drive uptake in ULEVs to support the UK car manufacturing industry, attract inward investment and create job opportunities in this growing sector.

The key elements of the Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme are:

  • A publicly accessible charge point network – installing up to 230 charge points across Nottingham, Derby and Nottinghamshire
  • Providing help to private businesses and public sector organisations to switch to ULEVs - through workplace charge point grants, vehicles test drives, fleet reviews and engagement events
  • Supporting Nottingham’s the UK’s first ULEV only lane on the new Eco-expressway, a major east-west route linking employment sites and housing areas in the city.
  • Establishing and running the Low Emission Vehicle Enterprise and Learning (LEVEL) scheme. LEVEL delivers skills training, knowledge transfer, business networking, master classes and conferences on a wide range of low emission vehicle technologies to accelerate skill development and knowledge transfer in low emission transportation.
  • Community support – increasing awareness and knowledge of ULEVs and the Go Ultra Low Nottingham Programme through events with a wide range of stakeholders and the public, social media, and the programme website

Local Air Quality

Local Air Quality monitoring and modelling in Nottingham shows that just like many other cities, traffic emissions on the busiest roads (the ‘ring road’ and arterial routes) are a major source of nitrogen dioxide and, as you’d expect, are where the highest concentrations are measured. That is why in Nottingham we are focusing on reducing vehicle emissions by encouraging active and low emission travel.

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Reducing emissions from domestic boilers and demand on the national grid

Greener Housing is a home energy efficiency scheme which enables homes to reduce their energy bills by up to £400 annually through subsidised energy saving measures including external solid wall insulation. To date, over 6,000 properties in Nottingham have benefited from this investment to improve the quality of Nottingham housing.

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes jointly deliver this scheme, by securing a variety of funding streams we can enable energy efficiency projects for Nottingham's social and private homes at reduced rates.

Funding from Green Deal Communities, Community Energy Saving Programme, Energy Company Obligation and The European Commission have been used to help pay for the works reducing the cost of the works to the both the council and the private home owner.