People are being given the chance to have their say and drop in at a series of events about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to improve poor air quality in Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney.
The council has launched its Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney Air Quality Action Plan consultation and is inviting people to have their say.
An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been declared in both Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney because the levels of nitrogen dioxide exceed the national air quality objective level for nitrogen dioxide when considered as an annual average.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We all deserve to breathe clean air and so reducing people’s exposure to harmful air is a priority for us. There is a real problem in Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney which we can’t ignore. We need to reduce emissions by smoothing the flow of traffic and reducing the ‘stop starting’ of vehicles through the villages.
“We are taking action and we are now asking for people’s views about our proposals to improve the air quality and the lives of people living and working in both villages.”
The council has produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) as part of its statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality Management framework. The plan outlines the action the council wants to take to improve air quality in the villages of Farrington Gurney and Temple Cloud in Bath and North East Somerset between 2020 and 2025.
Councillor Wood added: “Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution particularly affects the most vulnerable in society, children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions.”
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A series of drop-in events have been organised where people can discuss the draft Air Quality Action Plan with council officers. The dates are:
26th February, 12pm – 2pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
4th March, 6pm – 8pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
TO BE CONFIRMED 8th April, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Temple Cloud Parish Hall.
25th February, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).
CANCELLED 18th March, 6 – 8pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (main hall).
TO BE CONFIRMED 30th March, 11am – 1pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).