Council adopts air quality strategy

Cheshire East has adopted an air quality strategy which will be applied across planning and transport decision making and be a joint approach, in conjunction with external organisations, stakeholders, partners and community groups.

More electric vehicles and charging points, designated routes for heavy goods vehicles and an anti-idling campaign, to reduce engine emissions, are just some of the objectives the council will seek to deliver in the future.

The strategy – adopted by the council's cabinet on Tuesday, 4th December, is designed to ensure that air quality is always properly considered when relevant planning decisions are taken. It states that all developers should contribute to an air quality action plan through a formula based on the size of the housing scheme and the number of car parking spaces.

It also states that road transport is the primary source of air pollution in the borough and that this must be reduced. The council say it will work with freight operators to establish appropriate truck routes and delivery routines to minimise congestion and pollution.

Drivers will also be encouraged to minimise engine idling – where engines continue to tick over in traffic queues or where stationary in driveways, at the road side or in car parks.

By implementing an air quality strategy, the council is meeting the recommendations of government that all local authorities, that have declared air quality management areas, (AQMAs) should draw up an air quality strategy. The council has 18 AQMAs in place to monitor air quality.

The strategy covers:

  • The monitoring of air pollutants;
  • Assessing new developments for impact on air quality;
  • Improving public awareness;
  • Assessment of road schemes; 
  • Assessment of industrial processes.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: "This is an extremely important strategy document that will inform and influence all future planning decisions and infrastructure development.

"This means that the council will consider any potential impact on air quality when reaching relevant decisions across the borough. Much, if not all contributors to poor air quality in Cheshire East, is a result of traffic emissions and it is right that our residents are aware that we are closely monitoring parts of the borough impacted by poor air quality and that we are taking steps to address this."

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: "The borough, as a whole, does not have a problem with poor air quality when compared to the inner-cities but we do have pockets of heavily-trafficked roads, where there are unacceptable levels of pollutants, which can lead to health issues.

"Tackling poor air quality through AQMAs and an air quality strategy will play a major role in helping our residents to live long and healthy lives, stay active for longer and reduce hospital admissions."

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Jon Newell
Saturday 8th December 2018 at 6:46 pm
An easy thing for CEC to support.
However, what are they doing about it?
If "idling" is an issue, then they should be putting double yellows on Alderley Road in Wilmslow immediately. This is the hot spot for traffic delays and it is so easy to avoid.
Being in power comes with a responsibility to apply joined up thinking. If you want to support a "big picture" long term project - which is commendable - you have a responsibility to ensure your short term, day to day, decisions support the objective - not undermine it.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 8th December 2018 at 7:34 pm
Perhaps our local CEC Councillors could update us on how the Police investigation into deliberate falsification of the air-pollution monitoring data is progressing?

How many Planning Consents were granted based upon this criminally-falsified data?

https://bit.ly/2RI80VZ
Terry Roeves
Sunday 9th December 2018 at 1:24 pm
This is the Council’s most important document ever. It’s a great shame that they failed us in not having it available as a red line for all Local Plan decisions. It’s quite clear that the Council ignored both the health and well being of all Cheshire East residents and beyond.
They even cheated with emission figures submitted to central government.
Times are a changing voters!
James MacDonald
Sunday 9th December 2018 at 7:47 pm
If they really are interested in improving air quality then policies to vastly increase walking, running and cycling have to be top of the agenda. It is not rocket science.
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 7:10 pm
What makes me laugh about CEC's report/efforts about pollution, they ought to look at their own actions, such as closing the Bin vehicle and other plant depots in Macclesfield, moving them to Middlewich, so that all employees have to travel to Middlewich and back daily, all their equipment is driven daily to and fro from there to Wilmslow, doing less work than before, ie a worse service. The Macclesfield staff are still used, so who is paying their transport costs??? So think how much extra pollution is caused by this?? I was told by one employee that normally all leaves were cleared by Christmas, but now it is April the following year , ie 2019. One can reckon the time taken on the trip from Middlewich to Wilmslow and back is almost 2 hours. Highly efficient in council talk.
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 7:24 pm
What makes me laugh about CEC's report/efforts about pollution, they ought to look at their own actions, such as closing the Bin vehicle and other plant depots in Macclesfield, moving them to Middlewich, so that all employees have to travel to Middlewich and back daily, all their equipment is driven daily to and fro from there to Wilmslow, doing less work than before, ie a worse service. The Macclesfield staff are still used, so who is paying their transport costs??? So think how much extra pollution is caused by this?? I was told by one employee that normally all leaves were cleared by Christmas, but now it is April the following year , ie 2019. One can reckon the time taken on the trip from Middlewich to Wilmslow and back is almost 2 hours. Highly efficient in council talk.
Andrew Backhouse
Saturday 15th December 2018 at 3:48 pm
What about a whole transport plan to help us switch from cars? Which area in Britain might test the Luxembourg 'free bus and train travel' scheme on one particular route to reduce congestion, pollution, and climate change - with extra trains and buses put on instead? Where is the vision from our politicians?
Here at Handforth, we have a neighbourhood plan which talks of a new car park near the station, a bus link to the new village of Handforth East, and disabled access to the station - but will they be enough to get people off the roads? Joined up thinking from the council with money too would really help.

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