Clean air blueprint for city centre

Residents and organisations are being asked to comment on a 32-point action plan to improve air quality across the centre of Winchester.

Winchester City Council's Draft Air Quality Action Plan, which has been developed over the last 18 months, has just been published and contains 32 suggested actions to improve air quality over the next few years.

Residents will have the opportunity to obtain a copy of the plan and discuss it with City Council staff at two evening drop in sessions in the Saxon Suite of Winchester Guildhall on 3 and 8 February from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The issue will also be discussed at the next Winchester Town Forum meeting on 1 February.

Action is needed to address air pollution problems, with an Air Quality Management Area being declared in September 2003.

Launching the Draft Action Plan, City Council Cabinet Portfolio for Environmental Health Cllr Jim Wagner said tackling the issue will require a joint effort by transport organisations, statutory agencies, the public and many other bodies.

"We know this work will be a long term challenge but we hope that by setting out a clear agenda for the future that efforts can be focused on dealing with the important issues relating to air quality. I hope everyone will take this opportunity to comment on the proposals in the plan," he added.

Residents will have until 28 February to comment on the plan before it is revised and then submitted to Government for approval in May.