Council Officers are in talks with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) due to the announcement in August that Bath is included in the National Air Quality Plan. This is following a recent correction by DEFRA of their ‘Pollution Climate Mapping’ model that projects that nitrogen dioxide targets will be exceeded in the city beyond 2021.
Consequently, the Council must carry out a feasibility study which will explore a wide range of measures to improve air quality. The Council will be able to draw from an £255 million Implementation Fund to carry out this study which is due for completion by March 2018 with December 2018 being the deadline for finalising plans emerging from it.
The Bath Air Quality Action Plan will inform and be informed by this process.
Yesterday (Monday 4th September) was the beginning of the 3 month-long public consultation period for the draft Air Quality Action Plan. The deadline for consultation responses is midnight on Sunday 26th November 2017.