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Air pollution

On the whole the air quality in Charnwood is very good, but we do have some concerns that over the next few years air quality will no longer meet European standards in some parts of the borough.

These standards are intended to ensure that those in our community who are most susceptible to the effects of poor air quality, such as children, the elderly and those with lung disease, do not suffer any form of ill health.

Our air quality action plan

Having reached this conclusion we drafted and consulted with local stakeholders on an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP). The Action Plan is intended to highlight all of the options and measures that are reasonably available to improve air quality in the areas we are concerned about.

The Plan also sets out which of the options and measures we feel are a priority based on the extent of their likely effect on air quality and their costs.

A first consultation on the draft Plan finished in March 2005 and the final Plan was adopted in November 2006. Many of the ideas in the Plan are based on dealing with emissions from road traffic and the first draft was finished in time to influence Leicestershire County Councils Local Transport Plan (LTP2) which came out as a first draft in June 2005 and was completed in March 2006.

Much of the traffic related content of our AQAP was included for evaluation in the LTP, which has meant that it is now at the heart of the policy which will influence transport in the area for the next 5 years. Following the completion of the LTP, the Air Quality Action Plan was revised and subject to a further consultation.

Air quality review and assessments

A requirement of the Environment Act is that Charnwood regularly undertake an air quality review and assessment in order to determine whether air quality objectives are likely to be met.

These assessments must be undertaken on a rolling three year programme. Copies of the following reports from 2000 onwards can be viewed here:

Air quality management areas

Following assessments of local air quality we have declared that the following areas were at risk of experiencing air pollution levels from nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter (PM10) above those set out in the UK Air Quality Regulations.

Loughborough AQMA

Loughborough AQMA

Syston AQMA

Syston AQMA

Mountsorrel AQMA

Mountsorrel Aqma Map



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