Posted: 13.03.20 at 16:39 by The Editor
Cornwall Council is asking Launceston residents for their views on a draft action plan to improve air quality in the town. Local people are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the options the council is investigating to improve local air quality. The draft action plan is an important step towards opening up funding opportunities for measures that could help to improve the town’s air quality. The consultation period runs until 4 May 2020. Along with eight other Cornish towns Cornwall Council declared Launceston an Air Quality Management Area in 2018 after long term monitoring found that some of the town, in particular Newport Square and St Thomas Road, showed high readings of traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Launceston’s air quality is affected by road traffic, mostly along the A388. Private diesel cars are the main offenders, contributing around 44% of the pollution. Properties in the affected areas of Newport Square and St Thomas Road will receive a leaflet about the options. There will be a drop-in exhibition in The Guildhall in the Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March from 2.00pm to 6pm with staff from Cornwall Council on hand to answer questions. Anyone can comment on the draft action plan proposals at the drop in session, on the Launceston air quality page or by emailing [email protected], posting their comments to the council or handing them in at any Library and Information Centre.Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, says: “Cornwall Council is committed to making Cornwall greener and healthier and as part of our Clean Air for Cornwall strategy we already have a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality.” “These include minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new homes, introducing car share clubs and many others. Once we’ve considered the comments from this consultation we’ll be able to begin implementing local measures to help improve air quality in Launceston.” There are eight other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall - Bodmin, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Camelford, Grampound, Gunnislake, St Austell, Tideford and Truro. There’s more information and a link to the online survey on the Launceston Air Quality page.