SCDC Air Quality Report

Air Quality Report

A message from Suffolk Coastal District Council...

We would like to offer you the chance to view and comment on Suffolk Coastal’s Annual Status Report (ASR) for the District 2017, recently approved by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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.

Under the Local Air Quality management regime all local authorities have a duty to assess air quality across their district and to report on the findings.  The ASR provides an annual review of air quality across Suffolk Coastal.  The report includes monitoring data for 2016 and details progress on actions to improve air quality both within our 2 designated Air Quality Management Areas (Woodbridge and Stratford St. Andrew), and across the district as a whole.

The Air Quality pages on our website have recently 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/

There is a whole new section on Wood Burning with 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.

The ASR Consultation can be viewed on the new website at; http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/air-quality/air-quality-consultations/open-consultations/  Alternatively, hard copies can be viewed at Customer Services in Woodbridge and Felixstowe libraries.

Comments

We are seeking, and would welcome, comments on the report.  These can be emailed to environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk, or sent to Environmental Protection at the Council’s Offices, East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, 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 Monday 19th March 2018.