We’re writing with an update on the Bath Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), and to invite you to a drop-in event on Wednesday 21 February at Widcombe Social Club (1.00-5.30pm) where you can find out more about what we’re now doing to fast-track air quality improvements in the city. Everyone is welcome – so do tell others who might be interested.

The public’s suggestions during the consultation on Bath’s AQAP helped us produce a long list of over 60 ideas to improve air quality in the city. But it’s clear that more urgent work is required.

Last year, the Government issued the Council with a directive to reduce the high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) recorded at London Road’s monitoring station ‘in the shortest possible time’ and by 2021 at the latest.

To help us achieve these reduction targets, we’ll receive significant Government funding and expertise – not normally available to us.

Bath Breathes 2021

We’ve set up the Bath Breathes 2021 project to help us develop proposals, engage with the public, and meet the Government’s targets and timelines. You can find out more about the project by reading the attached newsletter and visiting www.bathnes.gov.uk/breathe<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/breathe>.

Because NO2 pollution is mainly caused by vehicle emissions, the project focuses on assessing a wide range of measures capable of reducing vehicle emissions and encouraging greener modes of travel, including their impacts on air quality, health, residents and the economy.

Our aim is to produce a short list of the best packages of measures shortly, a preferred package of measures by the end of the summer, and a final package of measures, accompanied by a full business case, by the end of December 2018.

Crucially, the measures we adopt must be capable of reducing levels NO2 pollution to accepted levels quickly and by 2021 at the latest.

Despite the short time frame we want to give the public plenty of opportunity to ask questions and offer their views throughout the project.

How to get involved

*   Come to our regular workshops and events (see below)
*   Keep up-to-date by reading our newsletters
*   Visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/breathe<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/breathe>
*   Follow us on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/bathnes> and Twitter<https://twitter.com/bathnes> – find us using #BathBreathes2021

You’re invited!

Bath Breathes 2021 Drop-in Event
Date: Wednesday 21 February1.00-5.30pm
Venue:  Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, BA2 6AA

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, we hope to see you at our first event.

Kind regards

Environmental Monitoring Team