Issue - meetings

Public Question Time (15 minutes)

Meeting: 07/11/2018 - Cabinet (Item 51)

Public Question Time (15 minutes)

The opportunity is given to members of the public to put questions to Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs provided that a question does not relate to:


·         Matters which are the subject of current or pending legal proceedings, or

·         Matters relating to employees or former employees of the Council or comments in respect of individual Council Officers


A member of the public referred to a resolution of the meeting of 7th March 2018 concerning Local Air Quality Management (Minute 105) whereby an air quality action plan for the City was to be completed by autumn 2018 and asked the Cabinet Member for Environment when  it would be produced.  The Cabinet Member for Environment gave assurance that the matter would be raised with the relevant officers and a written answer provided. 


The member of the public further asked if the plan would cover all areas of air quality policy such as creating a greener urban environment and tackling particulates generated by large-scale construction and demolition activity in the city.  The Cabinet Member for Environment replied that the Council had recently joined a local air quality partnership between private and public sector organisations intended to give an overarching view of the issue.  The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods commented that she was working alongside the Cabinet Member for Environment to address the wider aspects of air quality.  She drew attention to work being done by the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board and the Environment pages of the Council’s website where advice for residents may be found.  The Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Strategy acknowledged that the growth of the city will impact air quality and commented that this was included in the Joint Core Strategy.  He further highlighted Gloucester’s relatively good position in the Centre for Cities’ latest rankings for emissions but emphasised that this was regarded as a benchmark to be improved upon.