Cheshire East Council has recently revoked seven Air Quality Management Areas from the borough as a result of falling pollution concentrations.
The Air Quality Management Areas were introduced in response to elevated pollutant levels within small ‘hotspots’ across the borough and to help provide a focus for air quality improvement measures. As a result we are now reviewing our Air Quality Action Plan and to also include the two new air quality management areas that were declared in 2019 (Lewin Street, Middlewich and Chelford Road, Knutsford).
Our priorities are to tackle vehicular emissions by applying targeted measures for the remaining Air Quality Management Areas, as well as taking a holistic/integrated approach across the whole of Cheshire East. The measures are specifically aimed at NO2 reduction; however, they will also significantly and positively help in the reduction of Particulate Matter. We will further develop this plan through consultation with members of the public, elected members and relevant stakeholders.
Consultation on the draft air quality action plan is now open and anyone interested in air quality across the borough is welcome to contribute. Details of the consultation can be found on our website. Please email your ideas and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on the 12 March 2021 and where possible, these may be included in the final Action Plan. We have also put together some frequently asked questions on the website 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.