Revocation of the Ackworth and M62 Air Quality Management Areas
The Council is proposing to revoke (remove) the Ackworth and M62 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) because levels of nitrogen dioxide have been consistently below the national target.
The Ackworth AQMA was initially created in 2010 and the M62 AQMA in 2006 because levels of nitrogen dioxide were above the national average target of 40 μg/m3. However, the levels of nitrogen dioxide have now been below the national target level for 6 years in the Ackworth AQMA and for 5 years in the M62 AQMA and the Council is confident that they will not rise above this level again.
More information on both AQMAs including the geographical areas that they cover can be found within the Council's Annual Status Review 2020 located on the Councils Air Quality web pages.
The Council has a legal duty to regularly review and assess local air quality against national targets. Where levels of pollution are above those targets the Council must declare an AQMA and produce an Action Plan setting out the action that will be taken to reduce the pollution to acceptable levels.
Revoking the AQMA's does not mean that the Council will not continue in its efforts to further improve air quality, only that the legal basis for maintaining the status of the AQMA no longer exists because air quality has improved and no longer exceeds the legal limit and is unlikely to exceed the legal limit in the future.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have recommended that the Council consider revoking the AQMAs and we are seeking your views on whether or not you agree with the Council's proposal.
If you would like to have your say please complete a survey before 18th September 2020 by following this link. We look forward to hearing from you.