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Poor UK Air quality is an issue that has plagued our District for a long time and one which the Focus team have campaigned hard on. You might remember our own air quality measurements that ran during 2017-2018 which found there were dangerously high levels of pollution in areas of our district that were not being monitored by the Council.
Whilst other areas in the UK struggle to get their air quality under control, Rochford District Council have performed nothing short of a miracle and announced that there has been a dramatic increase in the quality of air in our District.
With air quality across the district improving, Rochford District Council would like to thank residents for their part in helping to clean up the district’s air.
If levels continue to reduce and are below the Air Quality Objective for a third year the district’s air quality will be deemed sufficient to revoke the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community Cllr Mike Webb said: “We are pleased to confirm that nitrogen dioxide values within the AQMA areas continues to fall. We have been successful in securing significant grants including the installation of two charging points for electric vehicles, (editor note: that aren’t in use) with the remainder due by the end of this month and are working hard to ensure public health continues to be protected as we invest these in targeted measures.”
We’re still unsure if the limited monitoring that the Council does under its statutory duty is enough to reassure residents though. Are you breathing easy after this announcement? Let us know in the comments below