Cornwall Council is asking local people, businesses and organisations for their views on the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy and specific plans for Air Quality Management Areas in Truro, St Austell and Camelford.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The air quality in Cornwall is generally very clean. However, as Cornwall is such a popular place to live, work and visit, a few areas now have poorer air quality than we would like mainly due to traffic. The strategy aims to make real improvements to areas of poor air quality and includes actions for all of Cornwall’s Air Quality Management Areas. I would encourage everyone to tell us what they think about the strategy so we can develop the most suitable options for Cornwall.”

There are six Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall where monitoring has found excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The strategy highlights the issues of poor air quality and brings together the action plans for all six areas, which include Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Tideford and Gunnislake.

The strategy also details the current planning policy and guidance for developers. It aims to ensure that everyone has an understanding of Cornwall’s air quality and how they can help take steps to improve problem areas.

The two month consultation period runs from 3 October to 28 November. It includes drop in sessions in Truro and St Austell so people can find out more about the new action plans for these areas and make suggestions about any other actions that could help. The Truro drop in session takes place on 17 October from 10am-3pm in New County Hall. The St Austell drop in session is on 20 October from 10am-3pm in St Austell One Stop Shop.

There will also be a drop in session in Camelford on 9 Novemberfrom 3pm-7pm in Camelford Hall, Clease Road where local people can find out more about proposals to declare the town an Air Quality Management Area and what the next steps will be.

Anyone can comment on the strategy and the local proposals for St Austell, Truro and Camelford by completing online surveys, emailing Cornwall Council on, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at a one stop shop.

The online surveys for the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy and the Camelford, St Austell and Truro Air Quality Management Areas are available on our air quality pages. The air quality pages also include information about Cornwall’s other Air Quality Management Areas.

Story posted 3 October 2016