Public consultation on Chippy Air Quality Plan

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Public consultation on Chippy Air Quality Plan

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has agreed a draft Air Quality Action Plan for Chipping Norton. The Plan will go out to public consultation in January 2008.

The Action Plan addresses nitrogen dioxide pollution in Chipping Norton, caused largely by traffic and in particular, Heavy Goods Vehicles.

The Plan, which is at a preliminary stage, has considered options such as traffic management initiatives, and supporting initiatives to reduce air pollution. A total of 28 options have been outlined and each one has been appraised on the following basis:

their practicality and cost effectiveness, and
whether they show a significant improvement to air quality.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “This is a first class report outlining a number of options and is an excellent opportunity to support improvements to air quality in Chipping Norton. The report also takes into account any adverse impact each option might have, such as transfer of pollution to other areas, increases in noise or congestion or harm to the environment such as the destruction of ecologically sensitive areas and habitats.”

The Draft Action Plan can be viewed on www.westoxon.gov.uk from January 2008. Consultation dates will also be published on the website

Following public consultation, the draft Action Plan will be agreed between West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. It will be put to the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for final comment before publication.

Posted : 11/12/2007 22:39:00

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