The council's role in air quality
Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 and subsequent regulations required the government and devolved administrations for Scotland and Wales to produce a National Air Quality Strategy containing standards and objectives for improving ambient air quality.
The current Air Quality Strategy was published by the UK government and devolved administrations in July 2007. It established the framework for achieving further improvements in ambient air quality in the UK up to 2050. There health-based standards for eight important air pollutants and air quality objectives to be achieved in the short-to-medium term in places where people are regularly present and might be exposed to air pollution. This strategy identifies actions at local, national and international level to improve air quality. Further information and the complete air quality strategy can be found on the Defra website.
Chesterfield Borough Council's role
Chesterfield Borough Council has a role to play in regulating emissions to air from a range of pollution sources, enforcing the Clean Air Acts, influencing land use planning and supporting Derbyshire County Council in developing the Local Transport Plan. Chesterfield Borough Council also has a key role implementing Local Air Quality Management.
The government's role
- To provide a clear and simple policy framework
To set realistic but challenging objectives
To provide regulation and financial incentives to help achieve the objectives
To provide an analysis of costs and benefits
To conduct monitoring and research to increase our understanding
To provide information to raise public awareness
The government has introduced mechanisms to control emissions from the significant sources of air pollution, in particular from the industry and transport sectors and from domestic premises.