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Election Survey 2023 – Summary by Question







	
	

12. Do you agree that a Clean Air Zone inside the ring road around Manchester City Centre with charges for the most polluting vehicles (including private cars) is a good idea for reducing air pollution?



Candidate
Party
Answer
Response
April Preston
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Clarity on vehicles is needed. The current policy does not have the market for the cars that would fulfil CAZ criteria. I am concerned we will see those with less pay more. Would like to see other LA approaches as the GM one is proven to be unworkable."

Undecided
Amna Abdullatif
Labour (Manchester)
"Air pollution is a concern in our ward but how to manage this, is something which needs exploring further. "

Undecided
Sam Al-Hamdani
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"The first attempt at introducing this was massively chaotic, and failed to provide sufficient support for firms to decarbonise. An appropriate scheme would be good, but I have no faith in the GMCA or central Government to deliver an appropriate scheme. "

Undecided
Ahmed Ali
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Azra Ali
Labour (Manchester)
"We are committed to tackling air pollution but believe this is achievable through a non-charging zone "

No
Luke Allan
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Following the conduction of an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure that underrepresented and marginalized communities are not disproportionally/significantly impacted. One potential solution could be to provide grants for vehicle upgrades or replacements - where necessary/appropriate. It is important to aim for a long-term goal of banning the most polluting vehicles rather than implementing fees and punishing those who cannot afford to replace their cars. Any initial funds raised should be allocated towards supporting the transition towards this goal."

Yes
Kathleen Allen
Green (Salford)
"No council candidate should hesitate to agree to this."

Yes
Dane Anderton
Labour (Wigan)
"I would agree if private cars are removed. The statement above also needs to reflect the most recent data. "

No
Stuart Ardern
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Whilst I am in favour of Clean Air Zones in principal, the Inner Ringroad is an arbitrary limit, in a large city with complex interconnections. Pushing the problem to other parts of the city is not the way forward. A clear long-term strategy is needed that gives individuals and businesses throughout the city time to plan and adjust their vehicle usage."

No
Renate Aspden
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jake Austin
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I would prefer an approach that focuses on investments into infrastructure and services that reduce Greater Manchester's reliance on polluting vehicles rather than a scheme which will move the problem to other areas of the county. "

No
Jill Axford
Labour (Trafford)
"Travelling by car should be discouraged by all means and this is definitely worth exploring. People do not want to live in polluted cities and enjoy the freedom that cars off the roads provides. We have good public transport into the centre of Manchester and there is often no need to use cars to travel to the city, although those who have to rely on cars should of course be exempt from charges."

Yes
Elizabeth Bain
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Rayne Barrett
Green (Stockport)
"We need chargers and subsidies on the price for buying/charging to encourage the transition "

Undecided
Seb Bate
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Diana Battersby
Green (Salford)
"Don't have enough knowledge on the alternatives and whether the CAZ's are cost effective"

Undecided
Grace Baynham
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The last clean air zone proposal was very unpopular and had many faults with it. I would need to see the details of any new proposals before reaching a decision."

Undecided
Leslie Bell
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Mathew Benham
Labour (Manchester)
"Air pollution is an issue across the city and I am committed to looking at ways of improving air quality. I have mixed views about a charging policy as I believe we should focus more on improving public transport and active travel options. "

Undecided
Kobe Bibbon
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"I do not support a CAZ tax and never will. People needing to get to work for example should not have a tax imposed on them for doing so. The same with taxi drivers, they are deeply impacted by such unfair taxes. Of course we need better air quality but taxing people simply is unfair. We have already seen that the Labour mayor's CAZ has cost a fortune, doesn't work and it isn't even set up properly yet! "

No
Louise Bird
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Peter Black
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Paul Blinkhorn
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Steve Bowater
Green (Trafford)
"There are better options. Encouraging a switch to electric vehicles (including giving grants to buy electric cars) not only appears to be giving public money to the car industry, but also fails to tackle major pollution problems from brake dust and tyre microplastics. My two preferred options are firstly a Workplace Parking Levy (as per question 2), possibly extended to an "Out of Town Shopping Parking Levy" for places like the Trafford Centre, etc Secondly, greater pedestrianisation (with cycle / bus access) of town / city centres should be implemented, and Circulation Plans created (similar to cities like Ghent). These two options would be in conjunction with improved walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure."

Undecided
Margaret Boysen
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"Smaller area to start with plus government help with charging points and help with buying electric cars. Why not use Hydrogen,?"

No
Phil Brickell
Labour (Manchester)
"Believe this can be addressed without a charging zone"

No
Garry Bridges
Labour (Manchester)
"Again, I worry about the equality impact of charges which hit the poorest harder than the wealthiest. Clearly there is an issue about older more heavily polluting cars and there should be a much clearer strategy for getting them off the road quickly. I understand from the work that Greater Manchester have done, that they believe that the necessary legal consultations for a charging scheme mean that it will lead to compliance slower than the non charging scheme which can begin more quickly. If that is the case then it is preferable. In terms of the bigger picture, we need radical changes to our public transport system so that it is affordable and reliable and a concrete plan to get worst offending vehicles off the road. Sadly neither have been forthcoming from the Government. "

Undecided
John Bright
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Gareth Brown
Conservative (Manchester)
"Depends on how it's applied."

Undecided
June Buchan
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Grace Buczkowska
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Jacob Buffett
Green (Manchester)
"I was a fan when the council suggested the clean air zone and I was let down when they scaled it back. This should be a priority."

Yes
Fiona Bullock
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jon Byrne
Labour (Stockport)
"I certainly think it is a good idea, but I have a few reservations on the implementation of an Inner Ring Road border. There are a number of housing estates just on the outside of the ring road, around Kincardine road is an example. I would not want to move more parking to these areas so people could avoid the charge, I would expect a well thought out plan to mitigate these kinds of problems. As mentioned previously I would expect exceptions for those with mobility needs, I would also expect that the invesment would be ringfenced to improve public transport. Finally this should not be a tax on the poor, transition to cleaner transport needs to be affordable and accesible for all, this must go hand in hand with the implementation. I am particually concerned with those who travel outside of the golden hours of public transport, early morning shift workers and night time economy workers as examples, they currently are not well served by public transport nor is it quite as easy to transfer to active travel, so we need to ensure there is a plan for those."

Yes
Michael Byron
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Claire Byron
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Emma Cammell
Labour (Salford)
"This would affect residents in my ward. Any charging CAZ should not affect residents driving to and from their home. I would support investment in low/zero emission public transport."

No
Brian Candeland
Green (Manchester)
"The lung deaths figures for Manchester and Salford are a disgrace, making the City Centre a CAZ is the minimum area required. "

Yes
Rodrigo Capucho Paulo
Green (Trafford)
"Would you agree a law against pollution is a good idea? The vehicle supply and demand money would be from dirty to clean."

Undecided
Christine Carrigan
Labour (Stockport)
"I support Greater Manchester’s investment-led Clean Air Plan aims to clean up the air we all breathe without a charging Clean Air Zone. We don’t want it to add to the cost-of-living crisis, harming local businesses or our economy.  "

Yes
Rick Carter
Independent (Wigan)
No
Noelle Caruso-Kelly
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Asa Caton
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Yes
Josh Charters
Labour (Oldham)
"I agree with a CAZ for business vehicles within the city centre bounded by Great Ancoats Street/Mancunian Way/Trinity Way, but anything else will disproportionately affect residents and have a negligible impact on the air quality outside of the city centre, especially within Oldham."

No
Kevin Chatterton
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Adnan Chaudhry
Labour (Bury)
Undecided
Geraldine Coggins
Green (Trafford)
"This would need to be done in conjunction with a support scheme from central government to help small businesses and less wealthy individuals move to cleaner modes of transport. We know that those most responsible for our environmental problems are big companies, not families with old cars or small businesses. Our solutions need to deal with these disparities in a fair way."

Yes
Danny Cooke
Independent (Wigan)
Yes
Bryn Coombe
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Mike Cordingley
Labour (Trafford)
"I think they should as much as possible be designing out private vehicles from the inner ring road area."

No
Robbie Cowbury
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city. We support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Gaynor Cox
Labour (Bolton)
"More investigation needed. I am not convinced that a CAZ inside the ring road of Manchester City would actually positively impact on air quality in Greater Manchester and/or the "deprived communities" of Manchester as they lie outside the ring road. Where would the revenue from a CAZ scheme go? Improvements in public transport system, safe cycling and walking routes (which would also reduce road-use/pollution) are also a priority."

Undecided
Liz Crix
Green (Stockport)
Undecided
Alex Crompton
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Majid Dar
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Will Dawson
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"This is too draconian a measure which would have a disproportionately negative impact on the poorest in society."

No
Mark Devereux
Green (Bolton)
"Unpopular, but again, some aspects of our way of life have turned out to be damaging to our collective health"

Yes
Jade Doswell
Labour (Manchester)
Undecided
Alexander Drury
Green (Stockport)
Undecided
Sam Dugdale
Green (Stockport)
"Yes, but the funds raised need to be used to help people afford more efficient or ev vehicles. Many people driving older vans simply cannot afford new ones and charging daily won't help them get there any quicker, unless there is support to move to better alternatives. "

Yes
Benjamin Dundas
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Sam Easterby-Smith
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Jess Eastoe
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Bernard Ekbery
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Elston
Independent (Manchester)
"If we provide alternatives that are better (ie. more affordable, more efficient, more convenient, more enjoyable), then people will use them. I want to manufacture our own electric/hydrogen vehicles and airships."

No
Shaun Ennis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Yes
Ummrana Farooq
Labour (Bury)
Undecided
Sean Fielding
Labour (Bolton)
"I am aware that the GMCA have submitted proposals for a non-charging CAZ to the government and has been instructed to undertake more modelling to demonstrate that it would achieve the necessary reductions in pollution. I want to see the outcome of this before I can make a decision."

Undecided
James Fish
Independent Network (Wigan)
No
Rachael Flaszczak
Independent Network (Wigan)
No
Richard Fletcher
Labour (Manchester)
No
Linda Freeman
Green (Tameside)
Yes
James Frizzell
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Anna Fryer
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
Undecided
Amanda Gardner
Green (Manchester)
Undecided
Hazel Gibb
Independent (Trafford)
"As the scheme stand at the moment it could affect a lot of livelihoods "

Undecided
John Gillatt
Labour (Bolton)
Yes
Kate Gilmartin
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Hazel Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"There are other options available such as HVO which would significantly reduce emissions from the most polluting vehicles. It just needs to be made available "

Undecided
Chris Gloster
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Luke Greenhalgh
Leigh & Atherton independents (Wigan)
"There is other ways to achieve this as hitting people and businesses pockets is not one of them."

No
Shelley Guest
Labour (Wigan)
"This has to be achievable for all. Small businesses and those with reduced mobility or poor access to public transport should not be penalised for having to use their vehicle. Ensuring a sound infrastructure is key for this to happen."

Undecided
VICTOR HAGAN
INDEPENDENT REFORM BURY (Bury)
No
Thomas Hague
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Louie Hamblett
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"You can improve the air quality without including private cars."

Undecided
Philip Handscomb
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Joanne Harding
Labour (Trafford)
"I support an investment led and none charging CAZ. I do not believe that more chargers should fall to people who are trying to sustain a living. Support for retro fit etc"

Yes
Richard Hardisty
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city, we support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Dominic Hardwick
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Manchester City Centre is completely outside of the borough of Stockport, so it is not for us to say what should happen there. That said, we would want an investment-led approach that doesn't just move the problem around the county, especially as some of the worst-polluted roads are actually in suburban areas."

No
Chris Hargreaves
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jayson Allan Hargreaves
Leigh West Independent (Wigan)
"CAZ is a file scam on workers "

No
Garth Harkness
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"Air quality can improve without including private cares also the public transport issues in some areas need to be addressed. "

Undecided
Julia Harrison
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Alison Hawdale
Green (Manchester)
"The last Clean Air Zone proposed was insufficient because it did not include private cars. If this sort of scheme is introduced, there must be sufficient government funds to help individuals and (particularly small) businesses through this transition"

Yes
Roger Hayes
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
Undecided
Glyn Heath
Green (Bury)
"Agree in.principle BUT charging policy shouldn't disproprtionalely affect the poor. Increase incentives for electric cars and invest heavily in hydrogen, which has been neglected in the UK."

Undecided
David Henry
Green (Salford)
Yes
Amanda Hickling
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Mike Hill
Labour (Stockport)
"There is no question that a CAZ of some description will be implemented. Just what form this takes will be the subject of central government direction with hopefully local government consultation. "

Undecided
Julie Hilling
Labour (Wigan)
Yes
Deborah Hind
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sally Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
"For me I want to listen to my residents first because I think it depends on lots of different things such as my brother has a camper van which would be quite a high polluting vehicle however he uses it for work which is far away so he can stay overnight if he is working late but starting early so in his circumstance he is using less pollution since he’s not driving home and back to work again but he would still be paying the clean air zone. I imagine there are lots of similar stories to his so think we need to refine this idea and allow some exemptions "

Undecided
Emma Hirst
Labour (Trafford)
"I would want to consult with residents before committing. I do believe in CAZ but the solution has to be fair for lower income families who may not be able to upgrade their vehicles easily. "

Undecided
Jeremy Hoad
Independent (Manchester)
"I would prefer proper investment in public transport and a scheme that did not disproportionately punish the poorest in our society. We need action that tackles pollution in a fair way and supports residents and businesses in their lives and work."

No
Paul Hodges
Green (Manchester)
"For the sake of residents’ health addressing air pollution in central Manchester must be carried out "

Yes
Jamie Hodgkinson
Independent Network (Wigan)
Undecided
Mark Hollinrake
Green (Rochdale)
Yes
Keith Holloway
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city. We support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Karen Hon
Labour (Bolton)
"Not without better support for upgrading vehicles. Otherwise this just becomes a tax on our more vulnerable families. "

No
Nick Hubble
Green (Bury)
Yes
Lee Huntbach
Green (Tameside)
"I have supported the CAZ at full Council and criticised government for a lack of real financial support. I have also challenged the Council to provide alternative choices to cars by providing safer streets and working with bus companies to improve quality and access. "

Yes
Mark Hunter
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city, we support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Khalid Hussain
Conservative (Bury)
"The plans for CAZ in the City region are in their infancy, and I need to be convinced that it’s not going to have a devastating impact on workers and their families who are already struggling post COVID-19. "

Undecided
Lauren Hutchinson
Green (Bury)
"Do I agree with the principle of a Clean Air Zone? Absolutely. Do I agree that charging is the way to make this happen? No. I'm a supporter of the Clean Air Plan which is an investment lead, non charging initiative to reduce air pollution. The charging mechanism for the original Clean Air Zone plan is not inclusive. People who drive the worst polluting cars tend to be from lower income backgrounds so they would be disproportionately impacted by these sorts of charges whilst those with higher incomes and vehicles falling outside of the criteria to be charged would see minimal impact, further increasing the divide between lower and higher income demographics."

No
DAVID JARMAN
Labour (Trafford)
"Provided that this has got democratic support"

Yes
Mike Jarvis
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Dan Jerrome
Green (Trafford)
"Any such scheme would need greater financial support from government to help small businesses and the least well off. This should also be happening alongside better, cheaper public transport and measures like 20s Plenty to reduce pollution and encourage a shift away from car dependency."

Yes
Alan Johnson
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Jones
Green (Salford)
Yes
David Jones
Independent (Rochdale)
"If pollution is at the heart of this, why is it OK to pay to pollute? This scheme will hit the worst of in society. Will driving be a for rich people only? Most businesses that operate older vehicles simply do not have 40k for a new van, or be in a position to take on extra debt. (Older vehicle's will naturally get replaced anyway) I have no doubt that such a scheme will be tweaked in future to include those vehicle's currently excluded. This is yet another cash grab, an unwanted tax being forced on already hard hit residents, and it's a very slippery slope. A referendum should be held before any such schemes are imposed on constituents. "

No
Jilly Julian
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Recent experience shows us that tackling air quality in a way that is fair is essential to successful long term shift. We'll continue to push for an investment-led approach on that basis."

No
Mark Kenyon
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Undecided
Richard Kilpatrick
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"The model chosen by Labour and the mayor managed to annoy Jeremy Clarkson and Greta Thunberg at the same time! I think not including private cars makes the exercise pointless and making it across all of GM was not targeted enough. I would support a targeted CAZ that aims to reduce car use in high traffic and air pollution areas. "

Yes
Philip Kochitty
Green (Bolton)
Yes
David Lancaster
Labour (Salford)
No
Gary Lawson
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Deb Leftwich
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Stephen Leicester
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Jane Leicester
Green (Trafford)
"This is key to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. However, it is vital that the programme comes with fair funding for small businesses and poorer families with polluting cars to support an equitable and fair transition."

Yes
Simon Lepori
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"We need greater support for small business and more targeted investment in our transport network to create a viable alternative to driving"

Undecided
Steve Little
Labour (Trafford)
"One of my grandsons living within the London ULEZ is now missing less schooling and enjoying improved health. However, the 'cost-neutral' approach is insufficient. A vehicle scrappage scheme, particularly for smaller businesses, is required."

Yes
Joe Lynch
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Alicia Marland
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"You can improve the air quality without including private cars."

Undecided
Jonathan Martin
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"We have some of the most polluted roads in the country, and schools that face them, we need action"

Yes
Alice Mason-Power
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Vicky Matthews
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Su Matthews
Labour (Salford)
"We need to reduce the speed limits on our motorways in the same way they have in Birmingham and offer support to businesses to get less polluting vehicles "

Yes
Anthony McCaul
Labour (Manchester)
"Air pollution is a major concern in the city centre but I would have to understand the impacts to social mobility and businesses and understand if our targets can be achieved without a charging zone before committing to this"

Undecided
James McGlashan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Lee McStein
Labour (Wigan)
"To say that the Clean Air Zone is an issue that has proven deeply unpopular with residents is a massive understatement. I couldn't lend my support to an initiative like this unless it was made clear that private car drivers would not be impacted by the charge. With that said, further economic impacts would also need to be researched such as that on businesses and how those costs would be passed on to the consumer."

No
David Meller
Labour (Stockport)
"I would support this if adequate financial support was available for those with polluting private cars. Otherwise, this could penalise families and those who cannot afford to transition to cleaner vehicles. "

Undecided
Helena Mellish
Green (Stockport)
"Yes, but this must be done in conjunction with other things — people do not drive older (more polluting) vehicles through choice, but rather through financial necessity - (personally I would rather have a Tesla or electric vehicle, but cannot afford to purchase one) — imposing financial charges will not help people that fall into this category - in fact, it will make it more difficult to upgrade. (And certain jobs, such as tradespeople, require a vehicle to work). "

Yes
Mario Miniaci
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"I agree it will need to be done but not in the current proposed form. Small businesses need time to recover; big businesses will have little difficulty shifting to electric vehicles."

Undecided
Meenakshi Minnis
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"The CAZ implementation was poorly thought out without any support for small businesses. Requires a rethink."

Undecided
James Morley
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
"Charging businesses and staff for going to work is not fair. We should be incentivising change, not punishing people or business to change"

No
Charlotte Morris
Labour (Bury)
No
George Morris
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Kevin Morris
Labour (Bolton)
"CAZ - despite its controversies - is a reasonable idea but burdening people with more charges when current finances are overstretched will not help. The government should fund this and work with local authorities in a postive/constructive manner for the good of air pollution. More greener, cleaner vehicles needed including electric vehicles with places to charge."

No
Tom Morrison
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"The latest proposals as they stand are inadequate and unfair. We need an investment led approach to tackling the problem of air quality across Greater Manchester."

No
Emily Mort
Labour (Bolton)
"Whilst I support the idea of a Clean Air Zone in Manchester within the inner ring road, I do not believe this needs to be a Charging Clean Air Zone to achieve our goals but rather a Government Funded and Supported Scheme to help individuals and businesses replace the most polluting vehicles on the roads therefore reducing NO2 Levels through investment rather than encouraging people to keep the vehicles on the road and simply pay the charges."

No
Dave Murphy
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
Yes
Andrew Nadin
Green (Salford)
Yes
Chris Northwood
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
"Subject to an Equality Impact Assessment such that any underrepresented/marginalised communities are not impacted, perhaps through grants to upgrade/replace vehicles where necessary. A longer term goal should be for a ban on the most polluting vehicles (rather than a fee that gives the wealthy a pass but punishes those who can least afford to replace their car), with the funds initially raised to support a transition to get there."

Yes
Maureen O'Bern
Independent (Wigan)
No
Killian O'Brien
Green (Trafford)
"Any scheme like this needs to go hand-in-hand with appropriate support for small to medium businesses to change their operations to adopt greener transport methods. Also increased development of more and better quality public transport options and cycling infrastructure to encourage people to use these over cars. "

Yes
Liz O'Neill
Green (Trafford)
"I absolutely support significant action to clean up our air. I am only undecided on this particular approach because it has become so controversial in Greater Manchester that we may need to first find ways to pull all of the councils together around a shared plan, before then raising ambition further. "

Undecided
Chris Ogden
Green (Manchester)
"Fundamentally, I'm in favour of a Clean Air Zone. However, it has to be carefully calibrated so those who currently rely on driving for their livelihoods are not unfairly punished. We could do this by giving drivers a reasonable transitional period and financial incentives to swap their polluting vehicles for cleaner ones."

Yes
Wendy Olsen
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Stuart Oxbrow
Green (Salford)
Yes
Michael Padfield
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Jihyun Park
Conservative (Bury)
No
Liz Patel
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Adrian Pearce
Labour (Tameside)
Yes
John Pearson
Stockport Fights Austerity - No to Cuts (Stockport)
"Of course illegal levels of air pollution must be eliminated but a policy of charges that hit the poorest people hardest must be avoided. Incentives to get rid of the most polluting vehicles, such as scrappage schemes, should be integral to Clean Air strategies, as well, of course, as massive imporovements to public transport alternatives. Incentives rather than penalties is the way forward. My attitude towards the Clean Air scheme again cannot be carte blanch support but support that is merited by the scheme's merits and its ambitiousness."

Undecided
Chris Perriam
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Dennis Pirdzuns
Green (Manchester)
"While Clean Air Zones are a cause of much controversy, the benefit in people's health need to have priority in assessing all available option. However, the social costs of Clean Air Zones need to be evaluated alongside their environmental effects and solutions need to be found to redress undue hardship for individuals."

Yes
Diane Plunkett
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Laura Potter
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Powell
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"A scheme to reduce air pollution across GM is a worthy ambition. However a much more appropriate plan must be found."

Undecided
Brian Preece
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Shirley Procter
Labour (Trafford)
"This would need to include the M60 motorway ring road, as the pollution caused by traffic there badly hits our children attending schools close to it - there are 3 schools in my Ward right next to the M60."

Yes
Robert Raikes
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Chitra Ramachandran
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Sheila Ramsdale
Labour (Wigan)
Undecided
Dave Rawson
Labour (Manchester)
"I am committed to tackling air pollution but believe that we should use a non charging approach. I find it difficult to charge poorer motorists to come into the city centre whilst wealthier car owners with compliant vehicles face no penalty charges. Many parts of Manchester lack decent public transport and so a priority should be to provide, cheap, reliable alternatives to those areas to reduce car journeys into the centre."

No
Shaughan Rick
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Rod Riesco
Green (Bolton)
Yes
Iain Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I've been arguing for this for a while."

Yes
Mark Anthony Roberts
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city, I support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Luke Robinson
Green (Tameside)
Yes
Scott Robinson
Green (Manchester)
"Improving air quality is so important. I'm"

Yes
Joe Ryan
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Ulrich Savary
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Christopher Seed
Green (Salford)
"After the application of the CAZ around the city centre we should look to extend it to the M60 ring, (accompanied of course by improved public transport)."

Yes
Will Sharp
Labour (Stockport)
"Councils should be looking at long-term measures to get cars off the streets by improving transport infrastructure and promoting walking and cycling. Charging people, especially during a cost-of-living crisis, would be a punitive measure that would impact those who are struggling the most financially. If there were to be an implementation of a charging zone, there would have to be adequate financial support to help people with the most polluting vehicles purchase compliant vehicles."

No
Pauline Sheaff
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Basat Sheikh
Labour (Manchester)
"Yea but there are clear challenges we must tackle before some residents are able to afford to upgrade their vehicles or get rid of them totally. We need to build a better and more affordable charging infrastructure to allow upgrade to electric vehicles and better still to invest in upgrading our public transport systems so that it is more affordable and reliable to use. "

Yes
Cllr. Richard Silvester
Labour (Bolton)
"A Clean Air Zone is certainly an excellent idea however why does it need to be done by having charges? There are other ways to do this including Government funding for clean vehicles and increasing electric car charging points."

Undecided
Martin Skelton
Green (Trafford)
"I agree with reducing harmful pollutants and developing a new strategy for cleaner air. Often nitrate oxide levels breach WHO guidelines outside our children's schools such as Lostock High. I'd like to see policy that is properly funded so those who use such vehicles and financially less well off are considered for grants in converting their vehicles."

Undecided
Jane Slater
Labour (Trafford)
"Residents were unhappy with this and we need to look at better education around air pollution"

No
Lisa Smart
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city, we support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Quinton Smith
Leigh and Atherton Independents (Wigan)
No
Adam Smithson
Green (Salford)
"With proceeds from any charge going toward public transport improvements."

Yes
John Southworth
Labour (Bury)
"Yes to reducing pollutants from road vehicles, but not at great personal expense to local residents and traders who are least able to afford a surcharge. I prefer a non punitive approach, with supportive finance to encourage a movement away form the the use of high polluting vehicles."

Undecided
Hannah Spencer
Green (Trafford)
"Only if the correct funding is made available so that those directly affected are not disproportionately disadvantaged by it."

Yes
Tom Stewart
Green (Trafford)
"This would need to be done in conjunction with a support scheme from central government to help small businesses and less wealthy individuals move to cleaner modes of transport. We know that those most responsible for our environmental problems are big companies, not families with old cars or small businesses. Our solutions need to deal with these disparities in a fair way."

Yes
Angeliki Stogia
Labour (Manchester)
Yes
Gordon Stone
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
"Replacing my diesel car in which I drive less than 5000 miles per year with an electric vehicle will not currently benefit climate change. Other solutions are needed. I am only standing as a paper candidate and do not expect to be elected"

Undecided
Owain Sutton
Green (Trafford)
"However much more carrot is needed along with this stick, to aid small businesses and the self-employed to change to less polluting vehicles where a vehicle is essential, and via vast improvements in active travel solutions."

Yes
Steve Sutton
Labour (Bolton)
"National schemes should incentivise replacement of the most polluting vehicles instead of allowing them to roam the country. CAZ principles should apply to the entire UK instead of simply moving pollution from one part to another. Rail, motorway and air pollution should also be counted, as the current exemptions for these major polluters currently prevent compliance in a posited GM CAZ, while also shifting responsibility from these key sources. "

No
Paul Swansborough
Reform UK (Trafford)
No
Lisa Swarbrick
Green (Salford)
Yes
Howard Sykes
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"You can improve the air quality without including private cars."

Undecided
Sophie Taylor
Labour (Trafford)
Yes
Cristina Tegolo
Liberal Democrats (Bury)
Undecided
Steven Tennant
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Linda Thomas
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Lynne Thompson
Liberal Democrats (Oldham)
"In principle, yes. Polluted air is unacceptable. But I am mindful of the abortive scheme and so would like to know more. The implementation needs to avoid making good businesses and livelihoods unviable overnight, or instantly depriving poorer people of personal transport, which they might have for essential reasons."

Undecided
Andrew Threlfall
Green (Stockport)
"The proposed congestion charging highlighted that although in principle reducing the most polluting vehicles is positive, it was not well thoughts through. Some of the same arguments exist here. There is also an environmental impact on changing vehicles to lower polluting ones, and without financial support as well as infrastructure for charging vehicles and maintenance of them, it would impact small businesses disproportionately."

Undecided
Ludo Tolhurst-Cleaver
Liberal Democrats (Trafford)
"The recent CAZ scheme was badly thought out and failed due to a flawed core assumption that all drivers could easily upgrade to a lower carbon vehicle. However, inflation and demand put electric vans out of reach for self-employed tradesmen and many small businesses. A good scheme would start with incentivisation, investment and a proper consultation. "

No
Steve Torley
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Charles Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
Maria Turner
Liberal Democrats (Manchester)
Yes
David Turner
Green (Trafford)
"Air pollution caused by fossil fuel vehicles is the hidden problem reducing the potential quality of life of everybody but in particular children of school age"

Yes
Lucy Turner
Conservative (Tameside)
"I believe that to keep the public on side for net zero etc, this has to be a last resort. I believe in trying the no cost projects first, and others such as the tax on car parking for large businesses etc. I feel that the public transport system has to be really spot on before the members of the public will readily accept a change from car to tram etc. And to be charged simply for driving through an area when one has no choice really does not get the public on side. Plus the ways to to pay are not always that easy for certain people, so I feel these schemes are being brought in as a lazy measure which the public see as being yet another stick to beat them with & is not at all popular with the travelling public."

Undecided
Scott Turner-Preece
Liberal Democrats (Bolton)
Yes
Richard Tyldesley
Green (Trafford)
Undecided
Dick Venes
Green (Manchester)
"Provided the funds from such a measure (e.g fines or payment for access) are used specifically to improve public transport services and travel times. "

Yes
Claire Vibert
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Debra Wailes
Labour (Wigan)
No
Ashley Walker
Stockport Fights Austerity No to Cuts (Stockport)
"Would only say that any fees must take into account individuals financial circumstances, if are on a low income. Perhaps a scheme where they can be forgiven for the charge if they genuinely can't afford it."

Yes
Karl Wardlaw
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Samantha Watkin
Labour (Bolton)
Undecided
Dominic Wells
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"All measures to tackle air quality need to be fair and not move the problem to a different part of the city, we support the push for an investment led approach."

No
Jake Welsh
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Michael Welton
Green (Trafford)
"I'd support a clean air zone inside the city centre. We also need to incentivise other, cleaner forms of transport at the same time, with lower tram, bus and rail fares, as well as safe walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure. "

Yes
Pete West
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"I support a fair approach to clean air with an investment led scheme."

Undecided
Margaret Westbrook
Green (Trafford)
"But it needs support from central government to help individuals and small / micro businesses make the change to cleaner modes of transport"

Yes
Luciya Whyte
Green (Trafford)
Yes
Anastasia Wiest
Green (Manchester)
"Yes, and I think it's important that this charge is rolled out for private as well as commercial vehicles. "

Yes
Jo Williams
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
James Wilson
Labour (Manchester)
"I am aware the Mayor and CA believe it is possible to achieve our clean air targets without charging so I await details of this proposal with interest."

Undecided
David Wilson
Labour (Stockport)
"Including private cars 🚘 in any CAZ will just whip up wider public opinion to the introduction of any CAZ proposal for Manchester City Centre "

Undecided
Rachel Wise
Labour (Stockport)
Yes
Annette Wright
Labour (Manchester)
"I am not a councillor in the City Centre. However I am committed to improving air quality in Hulme ward. I am aware that discussions are taking place about how to improve air quality and the best approach would be one which takes into account the views and needs of all wards in the city. Our primary concern in Hulme at the moment is to ensure maximum green screening to protect our residents and to reduce NO2 emissions in our residential areas. I would support any initiatives which achieve this."

Undecided
Paul Wright
Labour (Stockport)
"The businesses need help though."

Yes
Niall Wright
Green (Manchester)
Yes
Stephanie Wyatt
Green (Stockport)
Yes
Alex Wynne
Liberal Democrats (Stockport)
"Air pollution needs to be improved across Greater Manchester, however the introduction of a Clean Air Zone for one part pushes the problem to other areas. I would support a new scheme that directly addresses this issue."

No
Matt Wynne
Edgeley Community Association (Stockport)
Yes
aagash vadera
Green (Trafford)
Yes

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