Air Quality update: public consultation open and feasibility study planned

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

    Consultation documents can be found on the Council’s website: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/environment/pollution/air-qualit... where comments and suggestions can also be made (preferably via the ‘survey monkey’ page).

    There will be 3 drop-in sessions for members of the public to speak with the Council team and learn more about the proposed Bath Air Quality Action Plan:
    1. Tuesday 10 October 2-5pm, New Oriel Hall (Main Hall) 
    2. Friday 13 October 2017 at the Bath City Conference, at the Guildhall, Bath
    3. Wednesday 18 October 2017, from 1-4pm at Twerton Village Hall, Bath

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