Andy Burnham has confirmed that he has met with the Environmental Secretary George Eustice to discuss the controversy over Greater Manchester’s proposals over the region’s Clean Air Zone
Talks were described as constructive after Greater Manchester’s leaders had earlier agreed to pause the scheme over funding concerns.
A spokesperson for the Mayor of Greater Manchester said:
“Today the Mayor of Greater Manchester has had a constructive meeting with the Environment Secretary following the decision of Greater Manchester Councils to refer the current Clean Air Zone back to the Government.
The Mayor relayed his view, and that of the ten council leaders, that major changes are needed to the scheme to protect businesses and jobs in light of the new emerging evidence about problems in the vehicle market.
The Secretary of State agreed to meet again with the Mayor in the next 7-10 days to agree a way forward.”