Give your views on proposals to revise Cheltenham’s air quality management area

Published on 13th July 2020

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Consultation runs from 13 July to 3 August 2020.

Cheltenham Borough Council is inviting comments on proposals to revise the boundaries of an Air Quality Management Area.

Proposals to have a smaller Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) will allow officers to continue to focus their efforts to improve air quality in the most needed area. The council has a continued commitment to improve air quality and to ensure constant reviews of gathered data.

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “We’re very pleased that levels of air pollution across the town are steadily improving.

‘’These changes to update our AQMA demonstrate a commitment to continuing to improve air quality in the worst affected area. We will also be expanding and improving our monitoring of pollution across the town to identify the best ways to reduce pollution even further.”

Currently, the whole of Cheltenham is covered by an AQMA which was declared in 2011 and improved and increased monitoring since then has shown that any breaches are in a very small area around the High Street, Poole Way and Swindon Road, which will remain in the proposed new AQMA.

The council will continue to monitor a wide range of pollutant levels at multiple sites across the borough. This includes increasing monitoring of fine particulates known as PM10 and PM2.5.  Results from this monitoring will be used to inform future action on air pollution and could be used to identify other areas in need of declaration as an AQMA.

Further details can be found at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/consultations

The closing date for this consultation is 3 August 2020.  To contribute, please either email your comments to: envhealth@cheltenham.gov.uk or by post to: AQMA Consultation, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, GL50 9SA.


For media enquiries, contact: communications, telephone 01242 264332, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

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For more information about current air quality monitoring in Cheltenham, visit the council’s website: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/AQMA