The Council has approved the purchase of new monitoring equipment that will result in more reliable air quality data.
The Council will spend around £128,000 on new equipment to provide more accurate data at the four Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in the Borough. This includes Southampton Road, Eastleigh, Steele Close, Eastleigh, the site at Hamble Lane/A27 Bursledon and The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh
The Council has a long history of monitoring and delivering initiatives to deal with Air Quality issues. There are currently four Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in the Borough and the Council has three adopted Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) that cover the existing AQMAs. These plans set out actions and initiatives that are both targeted to the local area and Borough-wide schemes.
Cabinet Lead for Transport Cllr David Airey said, “The Council has a long history of dealing with Air Quality issues in the Borough and this information will help ensure we continue to plan for the future.”
He added, “We are committed to tackling poor air quality and the health impacts of poor air quality. Investing in a range of equipment will help us to better monitor air quality, to assess long term trends in pollution levels and to identify the causes and instances of poor air quality and in turn inform and issue warnings to the public.”