The 25 ways air quality will be improved in Teignmouth

A 25-step plan to tackle poor air quality in Teignmouth has been submitted to the Government.

Teignbridge District Council confirmed that it has submitted its draft revised Air Quality Action Plan for the seaside town to Defra.

Cllr Sylvia Russell, portfolio holder for health and well-being, though told councillors though that any major improvement to Bitton Park Road, where air pollution is present in the air in quantities that can have adverse effects on people’s health, is unlikely to be deliverable.

Exeter Road, Teignmouth
Exeter Road, Teignmouth

Cllr David Cox had asked for when a plan for a targeted set of actions to tackle the annual levels of NO2, which are significantly in excess of targeted values, would be revealed, as this remains an area of concern for Teignmouth

In response, Cllr Russell said: “I can confirm that the draft AQAP has now been submitted to Defra for technical consideration. The draft plan has a more realistic 25 measures when the original plan contained 98 measures, and while these are only in draft format, officers are using these as a working draft.

“When this plan is returned, I have asked officers to bring a report to overview and scrutiny so members can consider the options, and updates will continue to be provided to members.

“While the response of Defra is not within my control, I would be disappointed if they did not respond before the end of the year.”

She added that work has been ongoing to mitigate the impact of any new development in Teignmouth, but stated: “Officers have spoken to Devon County Council and unfortunately the current view of the team is that technically any major improvement of Bitton Park Road that might improve air quality is unlikely to be deliverable.

“The factors are due to side road access, business, mature infrastructure, limited space, pedestrian crossings and frontage developments.

“This places more importance on the measures within the control of Teignbridge to ensure the new development does not increase exposure to poor air quality or contribute to an increase in nitrogen dioxide levels.”

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The 25 measures that are contained within the draft AQAP are listed below, but a council spokesman said that they were generic and ongoing which will allow specific projects to be developed.

Promoting low emission transport

1 Electric Car Charging points

2 Eco Stars

Alternatives to private vehicle use

3 Park and Change Opportunities (buses)

4 Park and Change Opportunities (trains).

5 Car Clubs

Traffic Management

6 Reducing speed limits to even traffic flow

7 Reducing congestion by investigating viability of traffic flow changes

8 Targeted Anti Idling campaigns

Promoting travel alternatives (to reduce exposure)

9 Incentivise active travel

10 Cycle routes to schools and colleges

11 Health impact assessments, promoting alternate routes reduce levels of exposure

12 Travel Plans: Workplace / Green / School

Vehicle fleet efficiency

13 Low emission busses and taxis

14 Fuel/emission efficiency systems

15 Promote advanced driving courses

Policy guidance and development control

16 local planning & development process to avoid or limit new exposure

17 Ensure that local air quality impact is an integral part of the Councils Sustainable procurement Guidance

Public information

18 Informed “Real Time” travel decisions

19 Educational information at car parks

20 Provide and promote evidence based information on the Councils website

Freight and delivery management

21 Freight management (Distribution Centre)

Transport planning and infrastructure

22 By pass for Wolborough Street

23 Bringing forward new cycle networks and pedestrian infrastructure

24 Increasing or reducing availability of car parking

25 Green Streets Walls and Trees