To receive a report from the Group Manager for Public Health & Regulatory Services providing a Statutory Air Quality Action Plan 2017-21 for the district for consideration.
The Group had before it a report * from the Group Manager for Public Health & Regulatory Services, providing a final version of the Statutory Air Quality Action Plan for the District 2017-21, for consideration.
The officer explained that the report had been before the Group at an earlier meeting and that comments received had been noted and incorporated into the plan before them. The officer reminded Members that the plan was a living document and could be changed annually. DEFRA required an annual update on the plan which gave an opportunity to update, to add new measures and to add value to the plan.
The Public Health Officer highlighted areas within the report that had been amended following previous meetings, including road infrastructure and the need for improvements, the difficulties of living in rural areas without a car, local roads and cycling safety, the train station and access issues, ECO Stars and school transport, electric vehicles, bus passes, potential cycle routes, school travel plans and a requirement for greater enforcement measures.
Discussion took place regarding:
· Tiverton Parkway and links to tourism;
· Electric bikes were now available for hire in Crediton;
· Crediton Town Council were funding a feasibility study to look at High Street issues;
· Engagement with Town Councils;
· Air Quality issues and new infrastructure plans for Cullompton;
· School transport and the need for new vehicles and intelligent routing.
It was RECOMMENDED that Cabinet approve the proposed Air Quality Action Plan as attached in Annexe 2 with the addition of wording to emphasise the need for major infrastructure in Cullompton.
(Proposed by the Chairman)
Note: - Report * previously circulated and attached to the Minutes.