MCPs in towns and cities with AQMAs
may well be subjected to emissions limits of those pollutants that are unachievable with certain fuels or without additional abatement.
Last week Vale of Glamorgan councillors agreed part of Windsor Road, Penarth, be declared an AQMA
Walsall Council cabinet approved the declaration of the AQMA
in November 2007 and the order came into effect on March 1.
The declaration of the AQMA
by Carmarthenshire County Council is a legal process and will include areas that are considered as being part of the solution, not just those areas affected.
was declared in 2004 because of the association between long-term exposure to air pollution and premature deaths, especially from heart and lung conditions.
Fears that prospective buyers could be deterred if they learn that a property is in an AQMA
were raised at a public consultation in Penarth last spring.
Recently Llandaff, Cardiff, was declared an air quality management area (AQMA
), in response to excessive nitrogen dioxide, and the city-centre AQMA
was extended to include Westgate Street, where some residents say air has worsened since the council made their street the main bus artery from the north in 2009.
Having declared an AQMA
, the council will be obliged to prepare and implement an action plan to address the poor air quality and to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide to below the standard.
Following identification of AQMAs
the law says we must, within one year, produce an action plan for that area detailing all the measures we are going to take to improve the air quality.
It's understandable people may worry when they hear about AQMAs
but this is about identifying a potential issue early and ensuring the council takes appropriate steps.
In 2003, the council declared the city centre and the busy Rocket Junction, near the M62, AQMAs
Up until now Kirklees had just two AQMAs
- at Leeds Road, Bradley and Scout Hill, Dewsbury.