CITY Square was at the heart of Leeds City Council’s bid to ensure the first ever National Clean Air day was a major success.
Council chiefs created a ‘car garden’ in front of the Black Prince statue and a large grass covered pledge wall was set in place today. (Thurs June 15)
Shoppers and city centre workers took time out to respond to the council’s call for people to pledge one thing they can do to improve air quality in Leeds.
There was also be grass covered furniture for those wanting to talk more about the event.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, deputy leader and Leeds City Council and executive board member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment said: “It is fantastic to see the response from the people of Leeds to the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day.
“Improving the quality of air for our city is a big task, and it is not something the council can do alone.
“We are keen to hear from people and businesses across the city as to how we go about doing this, but as a starting point I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that supported the day yesterday.
“We will continue with this momentum and support going forward and ensure air quality is top of the agenda and ensure we do what we can to reduce levels of pollution in our fantastic city.”
Coun Keith Wakefield, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “West Yorkshire Combined Authority are in full support of Clean Air Day and other initiatives that will help to improve air quality in the region. To improve quality of life for local Leeds people and for those who chose to visit, we must work together. We will continue to encourage people to cycle, walk, and catch the bus or train to work or school.