Consultation begins on new Air Quality Action Plan
Mid Devon District Council, in collaboration with local stakeholders, has launched a public consultation on proposed air quality measures, which aim to reduce concentrations of air pollutants and exposure to air pollution for the district.
The council is consulting on a draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) which has been produced as part of our statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality Management framework. The plan outlines the actions that the Council aims to deliver between 2021-25 and sets out our priorities which include:
- To protect our citizens from the harmful impacts of poor air quality by reducing concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide to within legal limits and beyond, in all areas of the district where the population is at risk to exposure.
- Committing to reduce levels of all pollutants in ambient air
Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to our health with air pollution being associated with a number of adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer - with air pollution also particularly affecting the most vulnerable in society: children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions. It is crucial that we take action to improve air quality so that we can positively impact the health and quality of life for residents and visitors of Mid Devon.
The aim of this part of the consultation process is to provide statutory consultees, the public and local businesses with the opportunity to provide opinions on what the plan should include.
The Council has developed actions that can be considered under nine broad topics:
- Alternatives to private vehicle use
- Freight and delivery management
- Policy guidance and development control
- Promoting low emission transport
- Promoting travel alternatives
- Public information
- Transport planning and infrastructure
- Traffic management
- Vehicle fleet efficiency
Councillor Dennis Knowles, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “I encourage everyone to take part in this important consultation as it’s vital we act now to clean-up the air that we breathe, to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, now and for future generations. Air quality and our own health should be a top priority for everyone. By taking a few minutes out of your day to give your views on the plan you will be helping to provide us with the basis to improve the quality of the air around us for many years to come.”
Upon completion of consultation on the draft plan, the feedback received will be considered and the required changes and/or modifications to the draft plan will be completed.
View the draft AQAP and leave feedback as part of the consultation. The consultation runs until Monday, 11 October 2021.