Have your say on our Air Quality Action Plan

We are consulting on our draft Air Quality Action Plan for 2022-2027

Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution particularly affects the most vulnerable in society: children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions. There is also often a strong correlation with equalities issues because areas with poor air quality are also often the less affluent areas.

The UK’s annual health cost to society of the impacts of particulate matter alone is estimated to be around £16 billion. Dartford Borough Council is committed to reducing the exposure of people in Dartford to poor air quality in order to improve health.

Dartford Borough Council has produced a new Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) as part of our statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) framework. It outlines the action we will take to improve air quality in Dartford Borough Council between 2022 and 2027.

We have developed actions within this AQAP that can be considered under five broad topics:

•           Priority 1: Public Health and well-being;

•           Priority 2: Transport;

•           Priority 3: Air Quality Partnerships;

•           Priority 4: Planning and Infrastructure;

•           Priority 5: Policy

This AQAP outlines a plan to effectively tackle air quality issues within the Council’s control, and to work co-operatively with stakeholders that impact upon air quality within the borough. It should be noted that there are a large number of air quality policy areas that are outside of the Council’s influence (such as vehicle emissions standards), but for which the Council is able to provide useful evidence. The Council will therefore work to create holistic working relationships with a number of stakeholders on policies and issues beyond the direct influence of Dartford Borough Council. These stakeholders include neighbouring Local Authorities, Kent County Council, Highways England and Central Government.

We need to make sure that these actions meet the needs of those who live and work in Dartford and we welcome your comments on the draft Air Quality Action Plan. 

The consultation will close on the 30th September 2022. 

Where can I see the draft plan?

Copies of the consultation document can be viewed online by clicking on the link below

Draft Air Quality Action Plan 

How can I comment?

You can comment online by clicking the link to our survey below. If you prefer to respond to the consultation by email or post, please contact eh.admin@dartford.gov.uk or call 01322 343434 to request a hard copy of the survey. 

Draft Air Quality Action Plan consultation