A combination of modelling and monitoring exercises have identified that along many of the “busy” traffic routes throughout Burton-upon-Trent, the annual Objective for nitrogen dioxide is being exceeded.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has decided to declare two AQMAs for these areas, which are based on a “linear” pattern along roads.
One AQMA joins the main traffic routes through Burton-upon-Trent.
Although not every road incorporated exceeds the Objective, for the larger of the two AQMAs, it is seen as a logical approach to address traffic routes in general rather than have numerous roads in isolation.
The second AQMA is smaller and focuses on the St Peters Bridge Island area in Stapenhill.
Now that these two areas are being declared, this Authority has begun a Further Assessment exercise to provide more specific detail to the extent of the nitrogen dioxide exceedences.
East Staffordshire Borough Council will also be drawing up an Action Plan over the next 12-18 months to identify suitable measures to improve air quality within the affected areas, which may also help improve air quality outside of the AQMAs. The Authority will be consulting with the local communities and other stakeholders to decide which actions are best suited to local circumstances.
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