Work continues to clear the air
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council were instructed by the government in October 2018 to look into whether a speed limit reduction along the stretch of road, near the Reading/A33 exit, would reduce air pollution to meet the national limit.
The direction came after data modelling indicated that the short stretch of road was unlikely to be compliant with the national limit for Nitrogen Dioxide before 2020.
But a detailed and more thorough study, carried out as part of the council’s scoping work, has shown that the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide are already below the required level at this location and are predicted to continue decreasing in 2020 and 2021. The government have approved the conclusions of this report and that no further action is needed to meet the national limit.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “This is really positive news but it is important that we continue taking action to improve air quality in the borough.
“Councillors have collectively agreed to work towards becoming a carbon neutral council by 2025 and a carbon neutral borough by 2030.
“I would call on all residents to do their bit to help clear the air.
“Simple steps, like using your car less, switching off your engine while you’re waiting and thinking about the fuel you use in your own home, can add to up to make a big difference.”
For more information about local air quality, and how you can help keep the air clean, please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/clean-air