Improving Air Quality in Maldon - Air Quality Action Plan Adopted
Published on Monday, 6th July 2020
The Air Quality Action Plan 2020-2025 was approved by Councillors at a meeting on 2 July 2020.
Developing a Transport Strategy for Maldon and implementing a voluntary Clean Air Zone are just some of the actions proposed by Maldon District Council as part of an ambitious five-year plan to improve air quality in the town. The Air Quality Action Plan 2020-2025 was approved by Councillors at a meeting on 2 July 2020.
The Council is currently meeting all the National Air Quality Strategy objectives, other than that for Nitrogen Dioxide in one area of the District – Market Hill in Maldon. Objectives for Particulate Matter are being met throughout the District, but this is still a priority as any level is a concern. It is therefore important that air quality issues are addressed, and the plan sets out how this can be done.
The report sets out a number of initiatives to improve air quality. These include cleaner transport, smart delivery bays, and clean air walking and cycling routes. Raising public awareness of health issues will also be key.
At the heart of the plan is partnership working with colleagues at Essex County Council, public transport providers, local schools and businesses.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Adrian Fluker, said “The health of the people of the District is paramount and it is vital that the Council acts to improve air quality where it is reduced. I am therefore delighted that this Air Quality Action Plan is being taken forward. One area being examined is transport. For example, we can look it improving pavement and road designs for pedestrians and cyclists, so they have extra space. Our aim is to make sustainable transport as safe as possible for everyone to enjoy”.
Residents can find out more and view the full Air Quality Action Plan by going to www.maldon.gov.uk/cleanair
Notes to editors:
Voluntary clean air zone - A Clean Air Zone defines an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality and resources are prioritised and coordinated in order to shape the urban environment in a way that delivers improved health benefits and supports economic growth.
Particulate Matter - PM10 is particulate matter 10 micrometres or less in diameter. Exposure to high concentrations of PM10 can result in a number of health impacts ranging from coughing and wheezing to asthma attacks and bronchitis to high blood pressure, heart attack, strokes and premature death
Smart delivery bays – Time regulated bays that can be booked in advance.
Sustainable transport - Relies on renewable or regenerated energy rather than fossil fuels