Clean air is an essential ingredient of a good quality of life. You have a right to expect that the air you breathe will not harm you.
We have a duty to undertake a full review and assessment of air quality within our district in accordance with the National Air Quality Strategy (NAQS) published by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR, now DEFRA Department of the Environment Food & Rural Affairs).
The main aim of the strategy is to ensure a level of ambient air quality in public places which poses no significant risk to health or quality of life. It sets health based standards for 8 key pollutants and objectives for achieving them:-
- 1,3 butadiene,
- carbon monoxide,
- nitrogen dioxide,
- particulates (PM10),
- sulphur dioxide and
We are required to consider all pollutants with the exception of ozone, which is to be addressed at national level.
Assessments are undertaken every three years. The most recent assessment was published in August 2009 called the USA Report 2009. Where there is a liklihood of a national air quality objective being exceeded, we must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and prepare an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) setting out the measures we intend to put in place in pursuit of the objectives.
There are three AQMA's in Bolsover district, all of which have been declared due to an exceedence of the annual air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide arising from traffic.
AQMA - Carter Lane East, South Normanton
AQMA - Chesterfield Road, Barlborough
AQMA - Orchard Close, Barlborough
We are also required to produce Progress Reports which provide a reporting mechanism between the three yearly requirement to carry out a review and assessment of air quality. The most recent report was published in October 2010 and November 2011.
The Derbyshire Environmental Protection Group (DEPG), a consortium of all local authorities in Derbyshire, has produced a summery document containing the results of the 2009 Updating and Screening Assessments for the whole of Derbyshire.
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