First-of-its-kind research on air pollution has revealed that the proposed introduction of an extensive Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Manchester would deliver “significant health and economic benefits”.
In 2019, 8% of hospital admissions and 15% of all deaths in Manchester were due to respiratory conditions as the underlying cause, but by reducing dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in key areas, the city stands to gain more than others – including Bristol and Liverpool – due to the wider scope of its CAZ.
Last year, analysis by CBI Economics – which was commissioned by the Clean Air Fund – found that the UK economy could benefit to the tune of £1.6 billion each year if it were to achieve the guidelines set by the WHO for ‘safe’ air quality, and this latest study from the same organisations now shows that the economic benefits that CAZ programme could deliver for key UK cities including Manchester.
Manchester is one of several cities due to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) as part of its response to the UK government’s air quality plan – which requires local authorities to develop a strategy for reducing NO2.
Despite failing to include restrictions for private cars, the city has already gone further than the government stipulates by expanding the target zone to include the full Greater Manchester region, and this new research now suggests that this will “substantially increase economic and health benefits to the city overall” and spread them across a wider area.
By also requiring older and more-polluting commercial vehicles to pay to drive through the region’s full administrative boundary, except for strategic roads and motorways, this would reduce nitrogen dioxide levels by significantly more than the average CAZ – which tends to focus on smaller areas in a city centre – and could help to prevent a minimum 160 deaths each year, and save 350 days spent in hospital due solely to NO2 exposure.
This represents around 1% of all Manchester’s deaths, and 4% of deaths associated with respiratory conditions.
The increased days in work and lives saved would inject at least £7.1 million into Manchester’s economy, compared to the £1.5 million projected gain from Liverpool’s CAZ, or £1 million in Bristol.
“For the first time, these numbers give hard evidence that the Clean Air Zone would make Manchester richer and healthier, with its widened focus spreading these benefits across the whole city.” said Jane Burston, Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund.
“This shows the benefits of joined-up thinking on business and health as we build back better.
“The council’s positive vision for clean air is hugely welcome [and] it needs to quickly implement these measures to lock in its own economic and public health gains and show what is possible elsewhere”.
Damian Waters – North West Director at CBI – added: “Cleaner air within our major cities is an aspiration not only central to improving public health, but also a business-critical issue for firms in Manchester [as] congested city streets are all too common a sight, slowing business operations and ultimately putting people’s health at risk.
“The loss of working hours in Manchester alone runs into the hundreds of thousands.
“Building Back Better must have a green thread running through the very middle of it, [and] that means working together towards reaching our net zero targets and making the most of the economic benefits from lowering air pollution in urban areas”.
Public Health England estimates that between 2017 and 2025, the total cost to the NHS and social care system due to NO2 alone will reach £61 million.
You can find more information via the Clean Air Greater Manchester website here.
Burgerism is opening a fifth location in Denton
Legendary Manc burger joint and takeaway Burgerism is opening another brand new location in Denton as they continue to expand their Greater Manchester empire.
Set to be their fifth brick-and-mortar site, including their existing venues in Salford, Gatley, the delivery-only kitchen in Manchester city centre and the pop-up in Freight Island, the new Tameside venue sees them reach further across the region after first launching back in 2018.
Sharing the news last week, the smash-burger experts have revealed will be bringing their signature patties, wings, fries and homemade dips to Denton‘s Stockport Road.
Popping up in place of the former Pizza Hut delivery store, the latest location is due to open in mid-March this year. Absolute scenes.
Burgerism is coming to Denton next month. (Credit: The Manc Eats)
Soon to cover customers living in Denton, Hyde, Stalybridge and beyond, people can rock up to the new adjoined car park space to pick up and collect with ease, and lord knows we love a drive-thru.
To tell the truth, they’ve earned so many accolades in the six years since opening that we’ve lost track, having also been named the eighth most-ordered item on Deliveroo in the UK and the single most-ordered burger in Manchester for 2021. They even scored a collab with the one and only Hawksmoor.
They genuinely might be the best burgers in Greater Manchester.
It still remains the most popular item on Deliveroo in Manchester and this newest venue serves as yet more proof that Burgerism is one if not the best in the game and they are set to make their first moves into Liverpool at the popular Blackstock Market too.
The company’s founder, Mark Murphy, commented: “Burgerism brings restaurant quality smashed burgers straight into people’s homes. Our dream is to be the UK’s go-to delivery burger across the UK, like Domino’s is to pizza. And Denton represents the next piece of the puzzle to do that.
“We’re super excited to launch in the North East of Manchester area. Right from day one, we’ve had loads of die-hard Burgerism fans making the pilgrimage around the M60 to Salford and, while we’ve admired their commitment, we felt it was time to bring Burgerism closer to more of our friends and fans.”
We can’t wait for yet another excuse to try the FreeBird and the Wholly Double only in Tameside.
Kings of Leon announce HUGE Manchester Co-op Live gig on 2024 world tour
Kings of Leon have announced a new run of UK shows as part of their 2024 world tour, and they’ll be coming to visit us here in Manchester.
Following on from the announcement of their brand-new album, as well as a headline performance at BST Hyde Park this summer, the beloved American rock band have now revealed details of their long-awaited Can We Please Have Fun World Tour that’s kicking off later this year, and are set to take to the stage at several major UK cities.
The multi award-winning Tennessee rockers’ UK and Ireland tour will officially open in Leeds on 20 June, all before they head on over to Birmingham, Bristol, London, Glasgow, Dublin, and Nottingham along the way.
Not only that, but alongside these shows, they’re also set to play down at Silverstone for the British F1 Grand Prix on 4 July too.
But what better way to end a show-stopping summer than here in Manchester?
After taking in the sights of the rest of the country, the Followill clan will be stopping off in our city for a major gig at Co-op Live this July, and tickets are set to go on sale this week.
Kings of Leon have announced a huge Manchester Co-op Live gig on their 2024 world tour / Credit: Wikimedia Commons
As Manchester‘s newest – and soon-to-be the UK’s largest – live entertainment arena nears closer to officially opening its doors and welcoming visitors, Co-op Live has been slowly revealing the music acts set to grace the stage as part of its huge launch season jam-packed full of events.
Bolton comedian Peter Kay will open the arena with a special show this April, and countless other major world-renowned artists have all been announced as performing throughout the rest of the year – including Eagles, Olivia Rodrigo, Jonas Brothers, Eric Clapton, Take That, Simply Red, Niall Horan, and so more.
Kings of Leon will be taking to the stage at Co-op Live on Wednesday 10 July as part of the Can We Please Have Fun World Tour tour.
They’ll be joined by British indie rockers The Vaccines as the support act in Manchester.
Kings of Leon – UK and Ireland Tour 2024
20 June: Leeds – First Direct Arena
22 June: Birmingham – Utilita Arena
23 June: Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium
30 June: London – Hyde Park BST
2 July: Glasgow – OVO Hydro Arena
4 July: Silverstone – British F1 Grand Prix
6 July: Dublin – Marley Park
8 July: Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
10 July: Manchester – Co-op Live Arena
Tickets officially go on sale this week, with fans able to pre-order the album from the band’s store before 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 27 February) to get early access to tickets, and Co-op members given additional presale access on Wednesday (28 February) at 9am, all before the rest go on general sale this Friday (1 March) at 9am.