New council survey is a breath of fresh air

Air Quality Map ANL-140204-124036001
Air Quality Map ANL-140204-124036001

The quality of the air we breathe, and how to improve it, is the subject of a newly-launched council survey.

Cherwell District Council has opened a consultation on ways to improve the district’s air, with a focus on making improvements in the areas which suffer from the poorest air quality.

Anyone who lives, works or travels in the district is encouraged to participate and it comes after the approval of the draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) in September by Cherwell’s Executive and invites comments on the plan. It also provides an opportunity to identify other options to be considered.

Cllr Tony Ilott, Cherwell’s lead member for public protection, said: “As the district’s economy and housing supply grow, we are keen to protect residents’ wellbeing by helping to reduce emissions.

“To implement our action plan, we are looking to leverage the powers and partnerships that are available to the council as effectively as we can. This means using the planning process to promote sustainable transport infrastructure and encouraging the use of public transport.

“This is an important opportunity for residents to comment on how we can best deliver these, to the benefit of the district’s health and environment.”

Among the proposed measures are suggestions to reduce vehicle journeys, promote alternative transportation and strengthen local policy to encourage low emission take up and mitigate pollution.

The survey will be open until December 18 and can be accessed here. A hard copy of the survey can be obtained from the CDC offices in Bodicote House or requested by calling 01295 227990.