New project to improve air quality whilst supporting Richmond in getting back to business

Release Date: 05 June 2020

Following a successful bid by Richmond Council and the Cross River Partnership, the borough will be one of twelve London boroughs involved in a year-long project to improve air quality by helping businesses recover from COVID-19 in a clean, green and sustainable way.

The Clean Air Villages project is being delivered by the Cross River Partnership and is funded by the Defra’s Air Quality Grant.

Richmond Town Centre, including the shopping area in East Twickenham, has been selected for the project. It is an Air Quality Focus Area – meaning that the Mayor of London identified it as requiring air quality improvement.

Businesses will be invited to engage with the project through workshops, webinars and meetings, as well as trialling sustainable delivery methods – for example eCargo bikes and electric vans – and/or co-ordinating waste collections to be more environmentally friendly.

The project has been adapted from previous years to support businesses recovering from the implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are a business in Richmond Town Centre and would like to be involved with the Clean Air Villages project, please contact Laura Jacklin on laurajacklin@crossriverpartnership.org.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee, said:

“Air pollution is a serious issue in Richmond Town Centre, and it is hoped that this project will help the area get back to business by making adjustments that make both environmental and financial sense.

“The project has proved to be successful in previous years and will help support Richmond Council’s aim of becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2030.”

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Updated: 30 June 2020