The Clean Air Strategy for Cornwall has been given the go ahead by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The Clean Air Strategy for Cornwall provides a firm basis for Cornwall Council to improve air quality and a clear policy for future planning and local air quality management. It’s an important step forward in improving air quality in our seven Air Quality Management Areas for residents and visitors alike.”
The strategy focuses on reducing the amount of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates caused by vehicle emissions in Cornwall. It includes updated individual Air Quality Action Plans to improve the air quality within six of Cornwall’s Air Quality Management Areas in Bodmin, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Gunnislake, St Austell, Tideford and Truro. The seventh Air Quality Management Area in Camelford was declared in January 2017 and work is currently underway on a draft Air Quality Action Plan for the town.
The strategy also includes specific projects to help tackle air quality issues, such as:
- Encourage uptake of alternative fuels and low emission transport, including alternative refuelling infrastructure and electric vehicle recharging (including encouraging installation in new build property)
- Provision of 37 brand new buses operating on routes across Cornwall, representing an 84% reduction in emissions for the buses replaced
- Improvements to the walking and cycling environment to encourage sustainable travel and provide a safe alternative to road transport
- The Council reviewing its own policies for selecting pool and fleet vehicles and travel planning to ensure that these support the strategy’s goals of improving air quality and reducing emissions.
- A publicity campaign to increase awareness of air quality problems and to reduce vehicle engine idling. The campaign will target specific problem locations such as delivery areas and schools in the Air Quality Management Areas.
- A Developers Contribution Strategy to ensure that developers contribute to measures to improve air quality in Cornwall.