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Many thanks for everybody who contributed to our recent consultation on our local Derby City Council's draft air quality action plan to move forward on national air quality objectives. The plan will help us to identify where we need to focus attention and how we will work to improve the quality of air in Derby.
The Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) is produced as part of our statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality Management framework. It outlines the action we propose to take to improve air quality in Derby between 2019 and 2024.
Feedback is currently being reviewed and we will provide an update on the plan as soon as this has been updated.
To make sure that the Council understands your views which will inform our proposals and help us achieve a local solution that will also meet our legal requirements, an eight week consultation took place on three proposals, from Monday 30th July until Monday 24th September 2018. The results of the consultation have now been produced and can be viewed online.
Over 2,500 responses were received along with additional feedback from a range of stakeholders including residents, local businesses, public transport operators, taxi/private hire operators and HGV operators, which has helped identify and develop further the best scheme for Derby.
|Source of comment||Number of responses|
|Letters and emails||33|
The results have been used to inform the further work we have undertaken to help us determine the most appropriate solution for Derby.
Of the three options set out in the consultation document the overwhelming support was for option one - the traffic management solution and the Council’s preferred option. Just under three quarters of respondents (73.6%) agreed with the main measures set out in option one, compared to just 27.5% for option two (charging zone within the inner ring road) and 17.1% for option three (charging zone within the outer ring road).
We have given the feedback careful consideration, along with other technical evidence in order to select and refine our preferred option, which we can announce is Option One - Traffic Measures on Stafford Street.
A second phase consultation was undertaken from 31st October to 21st November 2018 on the Council’s preferred Local Air Quality Plan (LAQP). The consultation was held to gather feedback on the scheme details as well as to assess preference for and help to develop the supporting measures to be included in the Local Air Quality Plan.
Following due consideration of all the comments received during the second phase, the following actions have now been completed:
Where concerns cannot be specifically addressed through the refinement of the preferred option further consideration is being given to the utilisation of other possible funding sources to address issues.
The full results for the second phase consultation can be viewed in the report below.
Further explanation of the Business Case submission and latest scheme designs will be published in February.