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The Air that you Breath – have your say

Have your say on improved air quality in Felixstowe, Suffolk Coastal is seeking the public’s views on a new air quality report for Felixstowe which recommends revoking the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) at Ferry Lane.

For the last 6 years levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measured at sites around the Port of Felixstowe have been falling. Levels within the declared AQMA at the Dooley Inn, Ferry Lane have also reduced during this time and have now been below the Air Quality Objectives since 2012. A Detailed Assessment has been undertaken by the Council which concludes that the annual mean Air Quality Objective for NO2 is now met within the Felixstowe AQMA and that there are unlikely to be any exceedances in the future. As a result, it is recommended that this AQMA should be revoked.

The findings of this assessment received approval from Defra earlier this year, and were taken to the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 5 April 2016 where they were also accepted. It is now the intention of the Council to revoke this AQMA.
This AQMA was declared in 2009 due to exceedances of the air quality objective for annual mean NO2. Since this declaration, measured annual mean concentrations have declined in the AQMA (and at other locations around the Port of Felixstowe) – the results of diffusion tube monitoring undertaken in 2014 confirmed that annual mean nitrogen dioxide concentrations within the Felixstowe AQMA continue to be below the Objective, at 36µg/m3, for the third year running.
Cllr Carol Poulter, cabinet member for Green Environment, said: “It’s brilliant news that the Air Quality Management Area in Felixstowe is being recommended for removal.

“Since the publication of the air quality Action Plan, the Council and the Port of Felixstowe have been proactive in working together to implement measures to reduce emissions at the port.

“We would welcome any comments that the public has about the Detailed Assessment and the intention of the Council to revoke this AQMA.”
You can email your views and comments to environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or you can send them to:
Environmental Protection,
Suffolk Coastal District Council,
Melton Hill,
Suffolk IP12 1AU.

All comments received will be taken into account and published.  The final date for return of comments on the revocation is Thursday 30th June 2016.

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