In fact, because of its location, Thanet’s air quality is already very good, although there are two locations where concentrations of traffic currently cause the level of a pollutant called nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to be higher than is desirable.
Michelle Fenner, Cabinet Member for Business, Corporate and Regulatory Services explained: “Using guidance from the Government, and by working with Kent County Council, TDC has produced an ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ which sets out how the council intends to work on tackling pollution issues and towards achieving its air quality objectives. Rather than being a piecemeal approach, which could just shift problems around, this plan looks at the whole of Thanet strategically as an ‘Air Quality Management Area’, rather than just at the problems sites individually. This is a really good opportunity to have your say on the ways in which we are looking at making the area even better for residents and tourists alike.”
The draft action plan consists both of new ideas and measures which are already in place and includes ways of:
influencing freight strategy to redirect HGVs away from key hotspots
altering junction configurations to improve traffic flow
promoting sustainable methods of travel through development planning - thus reducing the total ‘miles travelled ‘ by encouraging a movement away from personal car use
reducing the emissions from individual vehicles.
The Air Quality Action Plan is available to view at www.thanet.gov.uk/airquality