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Market Hill, Maldon - Background Information

What’s Happening About Market Hill? - The Market Hill Air Quality Management Area

What monitoring of air quality does Maldon District Council undertake?

In accordance with the requirements of Local Air Quality Management, Maldon District Council undertakes monitoring of air quality within the District. Results of the air quality monitoring is published on an annual basis in the form of an Annual Status Report which is also submitted to the Department for Environment Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for their review and comments.

The most recent Annual Status Report.

What has happened on Market Hill?

After an audit of air quality monitoring sites within the district, monitoring commenced on Market Hill in Maldon and significant exceedances of the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air quality objective have been measured. Consequently, on 11th December 2018 Maldon District Council declared “Maldon District Council Air Quality Management Area number 1”.

This can be found at: UK Air DEFRA

What is required when an AQMA has been declared?

After declaration, Maldon District Council must prepare an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) setting out measures it intends to put in place to comply with the air quality objectives.

What has happened so far?

Source Apportionment and dispersion modelling has been carried out to identify the contribution from individual classes of vehicles towards the NO2 levels on Market Hill. The model will be used to simulate what effect proposed measures will have on the air quality.

A steering group was formed to develop the AQAP. It contains elected Members, officers from Maldon District Council and representatives from Essex County Council.

The steering group first met on 8th May 2019, to review the dispersion modelling data. Recommendation was made to engage with the Community to obtain ideas from local residents and business on changes to Market Hill and the immediate area. This was undertaken through an afternoon drop-in session at Maldon District Council on 18th June 2019.

The steering group met again on 10th July 2019 and comments and suggestions put forward from the Community Engagement were discussed. Dispersion modelling of a number of measures were agreed to be undertaken and the steering group agreed to meet again to discuss the results and appropriate next steps in the development of a draft plan.

On 9th October 2019 the steering group met again. The results of the dispersion modelling was discussed by the group. It was agreed that a draft action plan would be prepared which would take a minimum of 6 weeks. It was agreed that the Action Plan would be presented at a future Public Engagement event.

What kind of area/scope of action is capable within the action plan?

Action Plan development will consider a variety of potential measures. These measures will either focus upon the reduction of traffic volume along Market Hill, improvements to traffic flow and the emissions of the vehicles using the road. It is important that potential measures are thoroughly reviewed ensure that measures are appropriate for the town.