Local air quality management

Local air quality management is a statutory process introduced by the Environment Act 1995 (Part IV), which places a legal duty on all local authorities to regularly review both the current and future air quality within their areas.  These reviews must follow Government guidance that sets health based objectives, which are considered to be acceptable given the known effects.  On the whole the air quality across the majority of the borough is good; however there are a number of small areas where, due to traffic, there are concerns about nitrogen dioxide.  

Latest News

Seven Air Quality Management Areas have been revoked on the 26 January 2021. These include:

  • A50 Manchester Road, Knutsford
  • Former A556 Chester Road, Mere (now the B5569)
  • Earle Street, Crewe
  • Wistaston Road, Crewe
  • Nantwich Road, Crewe
  • Middlewich Road, Sandbach
  • Park Lane, Macclesfield

Consultation on the draft Air Quality Action Plan

Consultation has commenced on the updated Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), due to the revocation of the above AQMAs and the declaration of two new AQMAs in 2019. Comments and ideas are welcome and must be received by 5pm on Friday 12 March 2021. To view the draft AQAP 2020-2025 please use the link below:

We have also put together some frequently asked questions and we are also running a virtual drop in session on the 22 February 2021 at 12pm, for anyone that wants to ask questions or talk to the team. To be sent the link for the drop in session please contact the air quality team directly.

Air Quality Action Plan

The development of an Air Quality Action Plan is a statutory requirement once an Air Quality Management Area has been declared. Currently Cheshire East has a number of AQMAs , which have all been declared based of levels of nitrogen dioxide due to emissions from vehicles.  The Action Plan must detail the measures which the Council proposes to take in improving air quality in all of the AQMAs . We are in the process of updating our Action Plan please see the above consultation.

Air Quality Strategy

There are no statutory requirements for local authorities to have an Air Quality Strategy (AQS), but it is encouraged for those local authorities which have declared an AQMA .  The aim of the  AQS is to support the achievement of how the council will undertake its air quality responsibilities and how it will work both across internal departments and other relevant external partners.  This is important to ensure that air quality is considered as part of all relevant decisions and policies across the council.

Low Emission Strategy

Cheshire East has developed a Low Emission Strategy (LES) to ensure that current emissions are reduced as far as possible and emissions associated with new development are minimised. The LES will provide a package of measures selected on the basis of research and current best practice in emissions management.

The following external links give further advice and information on air quality:

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