The City Council's latest Air Quality Assessment, which provides an up date on air quality in the city, indicates that there are further areas in the city which exceed the government objectives for Nitrogen Dioxide.
The report (which builds on the findings of the 2006 Updating and Screening Assessment ) has concluded that in addition to the existing Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) (the Lewes Road, Vogue Gyratory, Grand Parade and Preston Circus area), there are further areas in the city which exceed the government objectives for Nitrogen Dioxide .
Consultation on the report will run until 24 October 2007, after which the council will draw up proposals for including the identified exceedences within AQMA’s. This is in line with the statutory Defra guidance which states that providing all areas of identified exceedence are within AQMA(s) then it is the responsibility of the local authority to define the exact boundaries.
To date, AQMA’s declared in the UK range from single buildings and streets, right through to entire local authority areas.
Consultation comments are welcome on the findings of the report and the direction the council should take in declaring AQMA(s).
Defra require a number of specific technical points to be covered by the report, so a summary version has also been produced which covers the main areas for general reading.
For copies of the report and further information please click on the link below.
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