Have your say on air quality plan for Grampound

Encouraging car sharing, increasing the use of low-emission vehicles and the construction of alternative routes have all been put forward as options to help improve air quality in one Cornish village.

Cornwall Council is asking people in Grampound for their views on the draft action plan to tackle pollution as part of the authority’s drive to create a green and prosperous Cornwall.

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The plan was drawn up after the village was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 after long term monitoring found that the village has excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) along the A390. 

The A390 is the main contributor to air pollution in Grampound, with private diesel cars contributing around 36% of the pollution, diesel light goods vehicles contributing 27% and large vehicles such as HGVs contributing 18%.  The remaining pollution comes from other types of road traffic.

The consultation will run from this week until 10 December, and will offer local people the opportunity to share their thoughts on the options available.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Councillor for Grampound, said: “The draft plan includes twelve measures that could help improve air quality in Grampound.  We need as many local people as possible to tell us what they think so we can develop the most suitable options for the village.”

There will be a drop in exhibition in Grampound Village Hall on Tuesday 13 November from 4pm to 7pm with staff from Cornwall Council on hand to answer questions. 

Anyone can comment on the draft action plan proposals at the drop in session, online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/grampoundairquality or by emailing cep@cornwall.gov.uk, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at any One Stop Shop. 

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Protection, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to making Cornwall greener and healthier and as part of our Clean Air for Cornwall strategy we already have a range of air quality projects and policies to help improve air quality across the county. 

“These include minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new homes, introducing car clubs and many others.  Once we’ve considered the comments from this consultation we’ll be able to begin implementing local measures to help improve air quality in Grampound.”

There are eight other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall, which include Bodmin, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Camelford, Gunnislake, Launceston, St Austell, Tideford and Truro.

There’s more information and a link to the online survey at www.cornwall.gov.uk/grampoundairquality