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Draft 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
Draft Gambling Act Statement of Principles
The draft policy will continue to assist in promoting the following three licensing objectives:
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
- ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and;
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
The final date for responses is 27 October 2021.
Playing Pitch Strategy
The Playing Pitch Strategy is a technical document which includes recommendations for the provision of playing pitch facilities for the district. The strategy looks at football, rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis and bowls facilities and includes an assessment of the future needs for the area.
Comments on the Playing Pitch Strategy must be sent to the Council by 12 noon Monday 22nd November 2021.