Consultation on Air Quality in Suffolk Coastal - Have your say

Posted 1 November 2018

Clean air is important for our health and for the environment."

Suffolk Coastal District Council invitation to view and comment on their first joint Annual Status Report for the District 2018:

 

We would like to offer you the chance to view and comment on our first joint air quality report for the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts – the 2018 Annual Status Report (ASR).

The ASR is produced every year and provides a public facing update on air quality across both districts.  The 2018 ASR was submitted to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has recently received approval.  The report includes monitoring data for 2017 and details progress on actions to improve air quality across the districts.

Clean air is important for our health and for the environment.  Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts and is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution particularly affects the most vulnerable in society: children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions.

The 2018 ASR confirms that air quality within both districts remains generally good.  The Air Quality Objectives are not exceeded at any locations within Waveney, and within Suffolk Coastal there are 2 declared Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) for nitrogen dioxide covering very small specific areas, one located in Woodbridge and the other on the A12 at Stratford St. Andrew.

The really good news is that our 2017 monitoring reveals that the nitrogen dioxide levels within both AQMAs have reduced in recent times to below the standard set by the Government – for the fourth year running in Woodbridge and for the first year in Stratford St. Andrew.

The ASR and Defra’s comments can be found on our website at http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/air-quality/air-quality-reports/    Alternatively, paper copies are available for viewing at Customer Services in The Marina Centre at Lowestoft and also at Beccles, Felixstowe and Woodbridge Libraries.

We are seeking, and would welcome, comments on the report.  These can be emailed to environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk, or post them to: Environmental Protection, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1RT. 

We may not be able to reply directly to every consultation response, but be assured all comments received will be taken into account.  The Consultation closes on Friday 18th January 2019.

The Air Quality pages on our website have undergone a revamp, making them easier to read and navigate and to include lots of additional information such as how you can get help reduce emissions.  To visit our new site, go to;

http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/air-quality/

The website includes a whole section on a very seasonal topic - wood burning.  It includes advice on how to get the most out of your open fire or wood burning stove whilst keeping emissions to a minimum.  It includes information on the ‘Woodsure Ready to Burn’ initiative backed by Defra which identifies dry or seasoned wood that is ready for use and will produce fewer harmful emissions such as particulates.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Denise Lavender
Environmental Protection Officer
Environmental Protection
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
Tel: (01394) 444350

mailto:denise.lavender@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

On 1 April 2019, we will become East Suffolk Council – a new ‘super district’ authority, serving the residents, businesses and communities of both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney. Importantly, it will be business as usual and the high quality services you receive from us will not be affected.

www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk