We have a legal duty to regularly review and assess local air quality against national targets.
Where levels of pollution are above those targets we must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and produce an Action Plan setting out the action that will be taken to reduce the pollution to acceptable levels. The South Normanton AQMA was initially created in 2001 because levels or nitrogen dioxide were above the national average target of 40 μg/m3. However, the levels of nitrogen dioxide have now been below the national target level for 7 years and we are confident that they will not rise above this level again.
We are proposing to revoke (remove) the South Normanton AQMA which encompasses 12 properties (1-23 Carter Lane East). The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have also recommended that we consider revoking the AQMA. Revoking the AQMA's does not mean that we will not continue in our efforts to further improve air quality, only that the legal basis for maintaining the status of the AQMA no longer exists because air quality has improved and no longer exceeds the legal limit and is unlikely to exceed the legal limit in the future. More information on the AQMA including the geographical areas that it covers can be found within our Annual Status Report 2020.
The consultation is open until 28 May 2021.