Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging residents to have their say on a new Draft Air Quality Action Plan for Ashbourne.
All local authorities are required to assess air quality in their area and as a result of air quality monitoring on Buxton Road in Ashbourne an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was declared due to the annual average air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide, which is 40ug/m3, being exceeded.
The area affected is Buxton Road from the junction with Windmill Lane and North Avenue to the junction with St John’s Street; and St John’s Street from number 22 to the junction with Cokayne Avenue and Park Road. This triggers a requirement to produce an Air Quality Action Plan to address the pollution.
As the main source of pollution in this case is road traffic, the District Council is working with Derbyshire County Council as the Highways Authority. Derbyshire County Council have put forward a number of actions they plan to take to improve air quality in the affected area and this has been incorporated into an action plan. The District Council is now seeking views on the measures that are being put forward along with additional measures that were approved by the District Council’s Community and Environment Committee.
A public meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 13 June 2023 at Ashbourne Elim Church, Waterside Centre, to provide information on the proposed actions. Drop in session will also take place between 11am and 3pm for residents to ask questions or seek information at Ashbourne Town Hall on 9, 16, 23 June.