Air Quality Action Planning
Action planning is viewed as the most important and significant process of the Local Air Quality Management Regime, playing a key role in helping the UK government achieve the Air Quality Objectives and the EU limit values, and meeting the Council’s statutory requirement to “work towards achieving the air quality objectives”.
Eighteen Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA’s) have been declared through the Borough for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide. Three areas are within Congleton Town itself with further areas in Crewe, Nantwich, Cranage, Mere, Sandbach, Macclesfield, Disley, Knutsford and Middlewich.
Following the declaration of an Air Quality Management Area Section 84 (2) of the Environment Act 1995 requires that a Local Authority draw up an Action Plan to identify the methods by which it intends to address air quality issues.
The Environment Act 1995 does not prescribe any timescales for preparing an Action Plan. However the Government expect them to be completed between 12-18 months following the designation of any Air Quality Management Areas.
Cheshire East Action Plan
The Final Action Plan for Cheshire East has now been published following a consultation exercise and amended in light of comments received (downloadable below).
Action Planning process
Local Authorities are required to produce an Action Plan detailing what they are aiming to do in order to reduce pollution in AQMAs.
Much of our discussions have been with Highways and the Highways Agency and have been around transportation issues both short and long term and have included proposals such as reducing car usage and promoting public transport.
Further information relating to reducing car usage and transport is available on the Public Transport pages of the website. Information ranges from walking and cycling to school and travel plans.