Councils seeks views on Air Quality Action Plan for Thornton-le-Moors

8 January 2018

A draft Air Quality Action Plan has been produced for Thornton-le-Moors aimed at improving local air quality by reducing local industrial emissions.  

Cheshire West and Chester Council is seeking the views of local residents, businesses and other key stakeholders on the proposals.  The consultation began on Monday 27 November and will run until Friday 23 February 2018.

The Council has been monitoring air pollution levels in and around Thornton-le-Moors since 2013 and an Air Quality Management Area was declared in September 2016, when the 15 minute air quality objective for Sulphur Dioxide was exceeded.  Sulphur dioxide is a common by-product of industrial manufacturing but despite this there are only three such air quality management areas in the country.

The Council has worked closely with Essar Oil and the Environment Agency to develop an action plan that seeks to address the major source of emissions and in particular the cracker unit.  The cracker unit is the heart of the refinery and is responsible for the production of many of the refinery’s products.  Essar examined a wide range of options and have put forward a number of measures that have been included in the Action Plan.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said:  “We are optimistic that the measures proposed in the Action Plan will improve local air quality but we want to know people’s views on the proposed measures, as well as any additional suggestions for improving air quality that they may have.” Community engagement during the consultation will include letters to residents in the affected area and liaison with the Parish Council and Ward Member.

There are several ways to give your views on the Thornton-le-Moors Air Quality Action Plan:

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