Poor air quality affects people’s health and damages the environment. European and national guidelines set out the levels of pollutants in air that are considered acceptable.
This ambitious air quality action plan will ensure that we do not remain complacent in our efforts to improve the health of people in Leicester and reduce inequalities. It contains far reaching actions over the period to 2025 intended to significantly reduce air pollution to a level lower than we are required to achieve by law. For example, Leicester currently exceeds the EU threshold level for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in a number of areas in the city.
The plan has been developed as a result of consultation with key stakeholders, a review of the available evidence and a Defra funded project – the LESTAir project – that modelled different potential pollution reducing measures. As a result we believe this action plan has been informed by the best available evidence and that it is feasible and appropriate to Leicester.
The plan sets out our ambitions and the 22 actions presented under 4 themes we need to take to reduce air pollution in Leicester. The themes are:
Reducing Transport Emissions
Increasing Active Travel
Improving Traffic Management
Improving Land Use Planning
Some of the actions will have a greater impact than others and we have indicated the level of impact expected against each action. It is clear that any one action alone will not be enough to address air pollution. The plan is also clear on the need to work with Government and our partners in order to achieve our overall aim.
Leicester's air quality action plan is ambitious and far reaching. It is informed by knowledge of and commitment to what is necessary to improve the quality of air in Leicester. The consequences of this plan will be more than just reaching EU targets, it will mean better health for the people of Leicester.