Below as circulated by Cllr. Barry Anderson 120916. Email from Environmental Health Manager, Leeds City Council:
"As you will be aware local authorities have a responsibility to review air quality against and put measures in place to reduce pollution to ensure that the national air quality objectives can be achieved. If a local authority finds any places where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area.
The council monitors air quality at around 70 locations across Leeds specifically targeting busy roads with residential properties directly at the kerbside. Main Street in Pool has been identified as having levels of pollution consistently above the national standard and should be declared as an Air Quality Management Area.
I have attached a briefing note which provides further detail on Air Quality Management Areas and the declaration process including a proposed timeline.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss this matter in more detail. I’m also happy to meet should that be your preference..
Environmental Health Manager
Environment & Housing
Leeds City Council
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Proposals for the declaration of new Air Quality Management Areas: Main Street, Pool and Chapel Hill, Morley
Local Authrorities are required by law to monitor air quality and establish whether pollution levels in any area are likely to be above a national standard. Authorities are required to establish an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ (AQMA) for each location where air pollution is above that level and where people will be exposed for significant periods because they live there. When an AQMA is declared the Local Authority must draw up an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) indicating the measures to be taken to improve air quality. In Leeds our action plan is to improve air quality across the whole of the city and is driven by the Cutting Carbon and Reducing Health Inequalities Breakthrough Projects.
To date around 220 local authorities have declared AQMA’s.
Leeds currently has declared 6 AQMAs, the most recent declared in 2010. They are relatively small areas of mainly residential properties adjacent to busy roads.
LOCATION No. OF RESIDENTIALPROPERTIES
HASLEWOOD CLOSE, BURMANTOFTS, LS9 50
LADYBECK CLOSE, HUNSLET, LS2 14
CASPAR APARTMENTS, NORTH STREET, LS2 n/a
NORMANS, KIRKSTALL, LS5 32
TILBURYS AND EUSTONS, BEESTON, LS11 130
QUEENS COURT, MORLEY, LS 27 47
All 6 areas had levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) above the national standard. The principal source of NO2 is vehicle emissions.
Air pollution including NO2 is generally reducing across the city. However monitoring results show NO2 levels remain above national standards at three of the current AQMAs, these are Haslewood Close, the Normans, Caspar Apartments and the Tilbury’s/Euston’s. These locations will remain as AQMA’s.
Air quality at Queens Court, Morley and Ladybeck Close, Hunslet has improved over recent years and is now within standards. Consequently these two locations will be recommended to have their AQMA status revoked.
Monthly monitoring of NO2 levels is undertaken at approximately 70 sites across the city at locations identified as having high levels of traffic and in close proximity to residential properties, – ie having the potential to exceed national standards.
Monitoring over the past 3 years has identified a number of locations currently not declared as AQMA’s which have levels of NO2 above the national standard. These are:
LOCATION No. OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
CORN EXCHANGE 0
76 SELBY ROAD, GARFORTH 1
REIN ROAD, MORLEY APPROX. 8
GOTTS ROAD, ARMLEY 0
MAIN STREET, POOL 50
CHAPEL HILL, MORLEY APPROX. 30
Of these locations Main Street in Pool and Chapel Hill in Morley include significant numbers of kerbside residential properties. Occupiers of these properties may be exposed to elevated levels of pollution. It is the intention to report to Executive Board that these two areas be declared as AQMA’s. Maps outlining the boundaries of the proposed AQMA’s are attached.
Designation of an AQMA is a legislative requirement under the Environment Act 1995 and not an optional process. However as part of the declaration process the Council is obliged to consult with any interested parties including those people within the proposed areas.
It is proposed that a public consultation exercise is undertaken. The exercise will commence on Monday 19th September 2016 and run for 21 days closing on Friday 7th October 2016. Occupiers of all properties within the proposed AQMA’s will receive information packs containing details of the proposals, what the proposals will mean in practice (in the form of a FAQ sheet), and information on how to comment on the proposals. In addition officers will be available during the consultation period to attend public forums if required.
The previous consultation exercise in 2010 resulted in minimal public interest or comment. However with a raised public awareness of environmental issues and in particular air quality there may be increased interest this time.
The results of the consultation will be incorporated within the AQMA Review report to be tabled at Executive Board on 16th November.
For further information on these proposals please contact Paul Spandler Environmental Health Manager.
Boundaries of Proposed AQMA’s
Main Street, Pool-in-Wharfedale
Chapel Hill, Morley