An action plan has been drafted to improve the air quality in a Cornwall Village, after lorry drivers were blamed for causing pollution in the area.
The residents of Gunnislake are being urged to have their say on the Cornwall Council plan that aims to solve the long-term pollution problem that has plagued the village, before the consultation closes on March 7th
Cornwall Council had declared Gunnislake an Air Quality Management Area 2 years ago when they found excessive levels of traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) after long-term monitoring, the main cause being HGV’s that pass through the village on the A390.
Gunnislake and Calstock Counciller Dorothy Kirk said “Lots of local residents came to the drop in exhibition we held in January, But there’s still time for anyone who hasn’t commented to do so before the consulation closes.”
“This is your chance to tell Cornwall Council what you think before options are developed for the village”
Gunnislake is one of six areas in Cornwall to be declared an Air Quality Management Area, the five others include Austell, Tideford, Bodmin, Truro & Comborne-Pool-Redruth.
Gunnislake was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2014
Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for communities, Geoff Brown added “There are a handful of areas in Cornwall where pollution exceeds national air quality standards, and we want to do what we can improve the local air quality for both residents and visitors.”
“It’s important for local people to contribute to our action plans so we can work towards the right measures for their area.”