Chichester District Council launches draft revised Air Quality Action Plan

Chichester District Council has launched its draft and revised Air Quality Action Plan, which will now go to public consultation.

The plan – which is the council’s third since 2008 – gives details of the four Air Quality Management Areas in the district and ways in which the council plans to tackle the issue.

The previous plans have led to schemes being introduced such as the Co-Wheels car club, doubling the number of bike racks in the city centre and delivering policy for the integration of electric vehicles in the council fleet.

Last week, members agreed the latest plan would be put out to consultation from May 17. According to a report by the Chichester Observer, the three problem areas are Orchard Street, St Pancras, and the Stockbridge A27 roundabout, while Rumbolds Hill, in Midhurst, was added to the list in January 2020.

The council said that while any air quality issues are cause for concern, the plan said there had been ‘significant’ signs of improvement.

A report to the cabinet said: “Air quality in the district has steadily improved in the last five years and the modelling predicts that this trend will continue.”

In Orchard Street and at the Stockbridge roundabout, things have improved so much that the plan recommends those Air Quality Management Areas be ‘undeclared’ and the Orchard Street air quality monitoring station decommissioned.

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