Totton Air Quality Management Area
New Forest District Council, in line with DEFRA guidance, is intending to remove the classification of Totton (near the level crossing in Junction Road) as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
This follows extensive monitoring of local air quality in Totton which has shown the Air Quality Objectives have been met over the past seven years.
It is hoped that the AQMA will be revoked this summer, however the Council will maintain monitoring of air quality in the area to ensure the Air Quality Objectives continue to be met, taking further action if required.
Cllr Sophie Beeton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said, "We are pleased that the air quality is below the Air Quality Objectives set by Government which would require the area to be declared as an AQMA, and has been since 2009. We believe the improvement is the result of improved vehicle exhaust emissions through catalytic converters and the considerate switching off of engines at the level crossing by drivers. This action is to be encouraged as it can have a major impact on people breathing in these emissions, especially young children and those with breathing difficulties. There is more we can do to alleviate respiratory problems and we are working with Public Health England to share messages on how to make positive choices to help improve air quality and health."
To find out more please see http://www.newforest.gov.uk/airquality
and to comment on the revocation of the AQMA, please contact Rachel.email@example.com 02380 285411 (option 2) before 6 May 2016