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Council chiefs call for public’s ideas on King’s Lynn air quality plan

West Norfolk Council environmental health manager Dave Robson, left, talks North Lynn councillor Andy Tyler through the air quality proposals

West Norfolk Council environmental health manager Dave Robson, left, talks North Lynn councillor Andy Tyler through the air quality proposals

Residents are being urged to have their say on plans to improve air quality in Lynn and put forward their own ideas of what should be done.

So far, around 60 people have responded to a public consultation on West Norfolk Council’s proposals for tackling high pollution levels on London Road and around the Gaywood clock, which are both air quality management areas.

Meanwhile, approximately 30 people attended two drop-in sessions held at the Gaywood and Lynn libraries on Thursday and Friday.

And borough council chiefs say now is the time for the public to shape final plans for the two sites.

Dave Robson, the authority’s environmental health manager, said: “We really do want people to engage and tell us what they think. We know the problem exists.”

As first reported in the Lynn News last month, 20 issues, including potential changes to road layouts, increased use of the Hardings Way bus lane and renewed efforts to encourage people not to drive into the town are being looked at as part of the borough council’s draft proposals.

Consultations on the proposals will continue until the end of September with further drop-in sessions scheduled to take place at the Gaywood library on September 11 and the Lynn library on September 17.

Brian Long, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “Air quality is something that impacts on all of us and we should all therefore have an interest in taking steps to improve it for the benefit of all.

“We have assessed a number of options and have presented these in a draft air quality action plan.

“We want people to let us know if they think we’ve got it right or whether they think there are other things that should be included.”

People can take part in the consultation by attending the drop-in sessions or emailing environmentalquality@
west-norfolk.gov.uk. An online survey can also be completed on the borough council’s website.

 

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