Cornwall Council is asking people in Truro and St Austell for their views on draft action plans to improve air quality in their area.
The consultations run until 28 November and include public drop in exhibitions with staff from the Council’s Public Protection team on hand to answer questions about the options at:
- Truro – on 17 October from 10am-3pm at New County Hall
- St Austell – on 20 October from 10am-3pm at St Austell One Stop Shop
Cornwall Council declared St Austell an Air Quality Management Area in 2014, followed by Truro in 2015, after long term monitoring found areas with excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2). In St Austell areas of concern include the A390 at Holmbush and the junction of Edgcumbe Road and Truro Road. In Truro the areas of concern include Highertown, Tregolls Road and Kenwyn Road.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Although air quality in Cornwall is general very good, there are a few areas where pollution exceeds national air quality standards. These include Truro and St Austell. The action plans for these two Air Quality Management Areas are important steps towards improving local air quality, well-being and sustainability. We need as many local people as possible to tell us what they think of the proposed actions so we can develop the most suitable options for their area.”
Malcom Brown, who represents St Austell Bethel, said: “As a St Austell Cornwall Councillor who sits on both of the council’s Planning Committees, I am very conscious of the harm that air pollution causes and gave evidence at the public inquiry into the major housing scheme at Holmbush when traffic pollution was a major issue. I am delighted that Cornwall Council takes public concern so seriously and has launched this strategy.”
Fiona Ferguson, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Trehaverne, said: “I am very concerned about air quality in parts of A390 in Highertown and the Kenwyn Road. This has declined significantly in the last few years. Please make your views known to the Council.”
Jackie Bull, Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Poltair, said: “‘I thank Cornwall Council for carrying out air quality consultations in our area and hope you will attend. This is a very important issue for St Austell and I fear that the real control lies in the hands of Government who continue to make us build more and more open market development in our area, eg the Holmbush Road A390 site which was refused by us all locally but then passed by Government Inspector. We need to stop building in poor air quality areas.”
Anyone can comment on the Truro and St Austell proposals at the drop in exhibitions or by completing online surveys, emailing the Council on firstname.lastname@example.org, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at a one stop shop. There is also an opportunity to comment on the Clean Air for Cornwall strategy, which covers air quality for the whole of Cornwall.
There are six Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall, which include Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Tideford and Gunnislake.
More information and online surveys for the Truro and St Austell Air Quality Management Areas and the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy is available on our air quality pages.
Story posted 10 October 2016