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Maldon District Council Offering Drop in Session for Residents and Businesses to have their say on Market Hill Air Quality

Published on Tuesday, 4th June 2019

A drop in session is being held on Tuesday 18th June between 3pm and 6pm in the reception at the Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon.

An Air Quality Management Area for Market Hill, Maldon was declared by Maldon District Council in December 2018.  This was a legal requirement upon the Council following the identification of nitrogen dioxide levels on the Hill which exceeded the annual mean air quality objective specified in legislation.

Subsequently, Maldon District Council is working with other Authorities in order to develop an Air Quality Action Plan that can be implemented and that will lead to improvements in nitrogen dioxide levels.  The amount and type of traffic using Market Hill, together with the layout of the hill itself and siting of buildings, is what is leading to the raised pollutant levels.  Ways to reduce and manage traffic levels on the hill are therefore a significant consideration.

As part of the development of the action plan, Maldon District Council is inviting residents and businesses to have their say and make suggestions on how such improvements could be made.

Firstly, an engagement session is being held on Tuesday 18th June between 3pm and 6pm in the reception at the Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon.  Residents will be able to speak with staff about the issue and to discuss the kinds of options that could be considered to improve air quality on the Hill.  There is no need to book and residents or businesses can simply turn up between those times.

Secondly, persons who wish to have their say are also invited to email their suggestions to between now and the end of June.  Whilst responses to emails cannot be guaranteed because of the volume that may be received, we are keen to receive as many ideas and suggestions as possible from local businesses and residents at this stage so that they can be considered.

Cllr Sue White, Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee, said; “As the action plan is put together, and options have been given serious consideration and scrutiny, there will be an opportunity for public consultation on the proposals themselves later in the year.  However, at this stage it is about obtaining as many ideas and views as possible from local people and businesses,”