The LES Partnership has selected three Regional Groups to work with during 2010. They are Sussex, Liverpool City Region and Leeds City Region.
The Sussex Air Quality Partnership and Lewes District Council are intending to embed air quality and climate change policies into local development framework processes. The Group will be an excellent test bed for Low Emission Strategies as it covers a large and diverse geographical area, including busy towns, remote rural communities, strategic highway networks and Shoreham Harbour - one of the government’s recently backed ‘eco towns’.
Sefton Council is leading the Liverpool Group and intends to focus on disseminating good practice in policy development for land-use and transport planning. The Group also includes Merseytravel, providing good opportunities for discussions on the procurement of Low Emission Vehicles.
The Group covering the Leeds City Region is led by York and Leeds Councils. Liz Bates, Principal Environmental Protection Officer at York Council, said "We are absolutely delighted that York and Leeds have been given this opportunity to get more involved with the promotion of Low Emission Strategies within the Leeds City Region and beyond. We are looking forward to building on the excellent planning based work already commenced in Leeds and York, and promoting a range of Low Emission Vehicles and fuels."
The LES Partnership will provide funding and support for these groups as they develop their projects throughout 2010.