Share your views at Camelford air quality exhibition

Camelford businesses and residents will have the opportunity to find out more about plans to improve air quality in the town at a drop in exhibition in Clease Hall on Tuesday 6 March from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.  More information and a link to the online survey are available on our Camelford air quality page.

The exhibition is part of a two month consultation on Cornwall Council’s draft action plan to improve air quality in Camelford.  Local people are being asked to share their views on the options the Council is investigating, and staff from Cornwall Council will be on hand at the exhibition to answer any questions.    

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Anyone can comment on the draft action plan proposals at the drop in exhibition, online, or by emailing cep@cornwall.gov.uk, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at Camelford Library and One Stop Shop. 

Councils are required to monitor air quality in their area against national targets and to declare areas with poor air quality as Air Quality Management Areas.  Cornwall Council declared Camelford an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 after long term monitoring found that the Fore Street and High Street areas of the town have excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  The A39 is the main contributor to air pollution in Camelford, with private diesel cars contributing around 32% of the pollution, diesel light goods vehicles contributing 24% and large vehicles such as HGVs contributing 16%.  The remaining pollution comes from other types of road traffic.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Councillor for Camelford, said: “This is a chance for everyone in Camelford to learn about and comment on the different proposals for tackling air quality issues in our town.  We want as many local people as possible to share their views with us so we can develop the most suitable options for the Camelford.  Please come along and have your say or complete the online survey.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Our proposed actions include plans to work with vehicle fleet operators to help reduce emissions in Camelford.  However, a third of the air pollution in the town comes from private diesel cars.  I would therefore encourage everyone who drives through Camelford to think about what they can do to help improve local air quality.  If enough of us make small changes like turning off our car engines when waiting in traffic and making shorter journeys on foot, we can start to make a difference.”

As part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, Cornwall Council has already introduced a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality across Cornwall.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities. 

Story posted 23 February 2018