Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet have agreed to revoke two of the three air quality management area’s (AQMA) within the District.
The decision comes as the nitrogen dioxide measured in these areas is now below the nationally set target level.
The two AQMA’s being revoked are:
• A5 Watling Street in Bridgtown (AQMA 1)
• A5190 Cannock Road, Heath Hayes (Five Ways Island) (AQMA 3)
Joss Presland, Head of Environment and Healthy Lifestyles said “The Council has a duty to monitor and improve local air quality. It is great news that we have been able to revoke the two of the three AQMA. In total the Council monitors eight sites across the District, including the three AQMA sites. Being able to revoke two of the air quality management areas, is not only good for the health and wellbeing of our residents, but also good for our climate change agenda.
“I would like to assure residents that air quality will continue to be monitored throughout the District, but formal reporting will no longer be required to take place on the two areas which have been revoked.”
The Council has recently been allocated funding, through Staffordshire County Council’s Air Aware Project, of £15,000 to improve air quality monitoring. This funding will be used to increase the nitrogen dioxide diffusion tube monitoring network across the District.
The Council will continue to undertake its duties in respect of AQMA 2 (A5 Watling Street (Churchbridge and the Turf Island) as well as monitor the general improvement of air quality around the District.