Views sought on Northampton’s Air Quality Management Areas

Published: Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Residents are being asked to give their views on to how best tackle air pollution in the town.

Businesses, residents and visitors are encouraged to take part in a survey to help determine whether to keep a number of Air Quality Management Areas running throughout the town or consolidate them into one town-wide area. They can also share any further ideas they may have for improving air quality.

Northampton Borough Council currently has declared seven Air Quality Management Areas, where it has been found that levels of nitrogen dioxide have exceeded legal limits.

The decision to review these areas comes after the Council’s extensive monitoring network has identified three further areas of concern.

Once the future of the town’s Air Quality Management Areas has been decided, an action plan for reducing the levels of nitrogen dioxide will be put in place.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We currently monitor air quality across 100 locations in the town and through this robust approach, we have identified three new areas of concern; Abington Square/ Wellingborough Road, Northgate Bus Station and The Drapery, and at the White Elephant Junction on Kettering Road.

“We are keen to hear residents views on how best to tackle these areas, whether they would rather we create three new Air Quality Managements Areas or approach them in a more joined-up fashion by consolidating them into one. 

Anyone who would like to share their views can take part in the survey here, until Monday 28 January.