In 2001, the CAQF resolved to prepare an air quality strategy for Cornwall to consider actions to address problems highlighted by air quality monitoring, and propose a realistic framework for policy decisions.
This was to involve as many as possible of the relevant stakeholders from public and private sectors – both ‘active stakeholders’ whose decisions and activities cause pollution and may reduce it in future, and ‘passive stakeholders’ who experience the outcomes of pollution and may react against it.
The Cornwall Air Quality Strategy document is the result of that process. It sets the context for the Strategy, explains the development process and sets out an air quality strategy for Cornwall which includes a toolbox of measures and an action plan.
The primary objectives of the The Cornwall Air Quality Strategy are;
- To maintain the generally good air quality across the County.
- To reduce air pollution where monitoring highlights areas exceeding or predicted to exceed national standards.
- To address air pollutants from all significant sources, including indoor air quality which is as a direct result of outdoor air pollution.
- The mechanisms used to deliver these objectives will be;
- Use scientific methods to build up a picture of air quality in Cornwall.
- To identify measures to address the main air pollution scenarios within Cornwall (in particular traffic related pollution hotspots, china clay dust and transboundary pollution) having taken into account the economic, environmental and social sustainability implications of these measures.
- To ensure air quality is addressed across a range of policies within the County.
- To provide help and guidance to Cornish local authorities on air quality issues.