Town centre Air Quality zones extended

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The Council is seeking views from local people on how the air quality in Eastleigh town centre can be improved.

A council spokesman said:

We have been monitoring air quality across the borough since 1990 and have recently declared an extended Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Eastleigh. This AQMA is where the air pollution from traffic emissions is above the national guidelines.

The Council is starting a consultation about the AQMA with local people and relevant stakeholders including local businesses and organisations, before developing an Action Plan to improve the air quality.

The consultation will run from the 26 June to the 24 July and include a stakeholder event at The Point tonight July 3 between 6pm and 8pm and drop in sessions at the Swan Centre on Tuesday 8 July and Thursday 10 July between 10am and 12pm.

The events/exhibitions will provide an opportunity to see details of the AQMA, view maps of the area and read information about why there is important.

Eastleigh News understands the AQMA area now extends along Leigh Rd, Southampton Rd, Romsey Rd and Twyford Rd.

Deputy Council Leader Cllr Anne Winstanley said:

“We are keen to get views from local people and stakeholders about how we may be able to improve the air quality. I encourage people to give us any ideas and thoughts they may have on actions that could be incorporated into the new AQMA Action Plan.”

The consultation into air quality concides with the application for an operating permit for a new ‘waste to energy’ recycling plant on Chickenhall Lane which objectors say will have a detrimental effect on Air Quality in the town centre as it will generate an extra 128 HGV movements through the town daily.

Please e-mail your views to mark.beeston@eastleigh.gov.uk