Shalford consultation on Air Quality Action Plan

At the recent (18 September) Guildford Joint Committee meeting it was agreed to carry out a four-week consultation regarding an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for the area affected.

Cllr Caroline Reeves, Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Sustainable Transport, Transformation and Regeneration, Economic Development, Asset Management and Governance, said: "Improving air quality in the borough is one of our highest priorities. The consultation will allow all those with an interest to make comment or put forward other options.

"We are also working on a range of different ways to improve air quality for communities across our borough. This includes adopting and implementing our Air Quality Strategy, launching the green travel network easitGUILDFORD, as well as our ongoing partnership with the University of Surrey's Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE)."

The Council has a duty to monitor air quality in the borough, if air quality does not meet the national standard, we will draw up an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draft an action plan to improve the air quality in that area.

Following the declaration of the AQMA in Shalford, an AQAP has been developed to identify measures to improve air quality. Understanding the source and scale of the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceedance, the reason for the AQMA, is critical to developing an effective AQAP. The main source of emissions in Shalford is from road traffic which is exacerbated as the properties are close to the carriageway reducing dispersion of emissions.

The four-week consultation runs from 19 September to 18 October and can be found on the Guildford air quality management areas page.

The final AQAP will be presented to the 11 December 2019 Guildford Joint Committee for approval.

Published on Thursday 19 September.