Air quality improved in Lutterworth - The Rugby Observer

Air quality improved in Lutterworth

AIR quality in Lutterworth has improved.

Sustained reductions in air pollution in the town means its status as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been revoked.

An AQMA for Market Street, High Street and Rugby Road was declared back in 2001 because the air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide was being exceeded.

This led to Harborough District Council (HDC) implementing an Air Quality Action Plan to improve air quality.

Now, following six years of compliance with the Air Quality Standard, HDC’s Cabinet has approved its revocation.

The 2023 Annual Status Report highlighted that levels of nitrogen dioxide recorded were consistently below national targets between 2018 and 2023.

Elaine Bird, Head of Regulatory Services at Harborough District Council, said: “Revoking an AQMA recognises substantial and sustained improvements to air quality and so I am delighted with the progress in Lutterworth.

“This does not mean however that air pollution is no longer of concern, and work is ongoing across our district to ensure cleaner, safer air for all.”

The council added that air pollution levels in the Lutterworth area would continue to be monitored.

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