Air Quality: 6 places in ‘beautiful’ Cornwall have “excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide” – Have your say

The Council want your views on how to improve Air Quality in Cornwall – but time is running out if you want to give them your opinion.

You’ve got until Monday. (28/11)

And officially Cornwall’s air is getting worse. There are apparently six “Air Quality Management Areas” in Cornwall where monitoring has found excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2):  Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Tideford and Gunnislake.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, who has launched the ‘Clean Air for Cornwall’ strategic plan said: “The air quality in Cornwall is on the whole very clean.  However, as Cornwall is such a popular place to live, work and visit, a few areas now have poorer air quality than we would like mainly due to traffic.  The strategy we’ve put forward aims to make real improvements to areas of poor air quality and includes actions for all of Cornwall’s Air Quality Management Areas.  I would encourage everyone to tell us what they think about the strategy so we can develop the most suitable options for Cornwall.”

Anyone can comment on the Duchy wide strategy and the local proposals for St Austell, Truro and Camelford by completing online surveys, emailing Cornwall Council on, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at a One Stop Shop.

The strategy also details the current planning policy and guidance for developers.  It aims to ensure that everyone has an understanding of Cornwall’s air quality and how they can help take steps to improve problem areas.

The online surveys  are available here air quality web pages.  The air quality pages also include information about Cornwall’s other Air Quality Management Areas.