Needed: Your ideas on improving air quality

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Council chiefs want to know what you think we can do to improve air quality in Canterbury.

They have launched a two-month public consultation into matters relating to transport use, congestion on the roads and vehicles emissions.

The authority’s draft Air Quality Action Plan covers five themes – public health, transport, planning and infrastructure, awareness and education and the council’s strategic approach.

Ideas include anti-idling powers to be enforced at coach parks, on-street parking bays, taxi ranks and level crossings and the possibility of running park and ride buses to and from railway stations.

There are also plans to create a new cycle routes, including Bridge to Canterbury and Hersden to Sturry, and to work with Network Rail to minimise delays at level crossings.

Council leader Simon Cook said: “This is one of our most important consultations for many years. Air quality is a complicated issue to resolve and we really want to hear people’s solutions.

“No suggestion is a bad one and when we ask the public, they usually come up with the goods, often with ideas we would never have thought of.

“But there is no one answer to this problem. It needs everybody working together, from the council and other authorities, to individuals thinking about the choices they make. Together we can make a positive impact.”

Also out for consultation is the council’s draft Green Infrastructure Strategy. It looks at such things as open spaces, rivers, lakes as well as fields, woodlands, hedgerows and country parks in both the city and countryside.

In built-up areas it can include domestic gardens, trees, sports pitches, civic spaces, green roofs and walls.

Both consultation documents are available on the council’s website. Click here to view the council’s consultation documents.

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