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Dorset Council: Air quality action plan - Chideock

  • Location: Chideock, Dorset

  • Purpose: Chideock has some of the worst air pollution in the country. It was declared an air quality management area (AQMA) in 2008, which requires plans to map out the route to cleaner air. Dorset Council published their most recent air quality action plan for Chideock for 2021-2026.

  • Description: The plan details the current state of air pollution in Chideock and explains the impact that it is having on health and the environment. The plan provides local planning and transport policies and the council’s engagement with Highways England. It also aims to help residents and the council to switch to electric vehicles, support walking and cycling, and reducing air pollution from domestic burning.

  • Funding: The various projects have been funded from existing funds, developers, the Department for Transport, the Community Infrastructure Levy, the Transforming Cities Fund, local business groups and transport companies.

  • Conservative councillor/ council lead: Cabinet Member for Environment, Travel and Harbours, Cllr Bryon Qualye and Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Jane Somper.

  • Further links: The Action Plan and Dorset Echo report on air pollution rankings

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