Since Executive approval of the AQAP, it has also been reviewed by DEFRA and received highly positive feedback. The Environmental Health team have also been planning and working on measure implementation and other Council projects and strategies have also been identified which will positively contribute to the AQAP implementation. Progress has been made especially around provision of electric vehicle charging points in public car parks, local area cycling and low emission travel promotion and anti-idling. The Annual Status Report is being written and will contain progress and updates on air quality improvement within Selby and the wider district.
Selby District Council’s AQAP was approved by the Executive on 6th September 2018 and is subject to approval and scrutiny by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The AQAP is also subject to an annual review and progress each year is reported in the Annual Status Reports as per statutory local air quality management duties.
The final approved Air Quality Action Plan can be found here.
The draft action plan is still being finalised but Selby District Council has started to work on some of the planned actions. These include Action 2 Anti-idling campaigns. We should be able to add more information on this in June 2018. We have also started to look at the information we would need to take action under Actions 3 and 4. Our colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council are also looking at the signage on the Selby by pass under Action 5.
Appendix C of this document is the Cost Benefit Screening of possible actions which is available here.
The results of the public consultation on the Draft Air Quality Action Plan can be found here. We will now consider these responses and alter the draft plan accordingly before finalising the document.
We have just finished consulting with local residents about the plan and we will now consider the consultation responses before amending the draft plan and will publish the results.
To improve air quality and protect the health of residents we have drawn up a draft action plan to improve the air quality in this area. We have just finished consulting with local residents about the plan and will publish the results of this shortly.
To improve air quality and protect the health of residents we have drawn up a draft action plan to improve the air quality in this area. We have just finished consulting with local residents and businesses about the draft plan. We will now consider the consultation responses before amending the draft plan and will publish the results.
You can read the draft Air Quality Action Plan here.
We have written to all the businesses and residences in the nearby area and invited them to respond to the suggestions in the action plan.
For more information on air quality you can look at the Defra website on air quality.
Air Quality Management Area is designated
Selby District Council designated the first air quality management area in the district on the 29 February 2016. This designation is known as Nitrogen Dioxide Order No 1 and covers the area edged in red on the plan below:
Selby District Council has for a number of years monitored the levels of nitrogen dioxide in New Street, Selby and the surrounding area. A Detailed Assessment considered these levels for the calendar year of 2014 and concluded that there were breaches of this health based objective along the two rows of terraced buildings flanking New Street and that this area is limited to the area of New Street/The Crescent between Selby Abbey and Ousegate.
The AQMA is not meant to indicate all properties within its boundary have breached the levels but rather the geographical boundary identifies the general area in which we want to target improvement actions so that the problem doesn’t get worse and affect more people.
Before we formally designated the area, in 2015 we asked for your views on the size and extent of the area. We had drawn up two options and had particularly wanted to know which option the public thought was most appropriate or if another boundary should be considered.
The plans showing these options are given here:
- Option 1 is a smaller AQMA that targets the area most in need of improvement action. This is area of New Street, Selby near the junction with Ousegate and the properties either side of the road. This area must be designated as an AQMA.
- Option 2 proposes a wider AQMA that broadens the area targeted for improvement. This area could be included in the AQMA.
The Frequently Asked Questions provides more information on this process. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us using the details above.