Report to Government on Storrington pollution being prepared

Aerial view of Storrington High Street

Aerial view of Storrington High Street

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A DRAFT air quality action plan for Storrington is currently being prepared by Horsham District Council for submission to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Officers from Horsham District Council have been working closely with local councillors, local representatives and West Sussex County Council to draw up a range of measures to reduce air pollution and bring long term health benefits to those that live and work in Storrington.

A traffic survey has been completed which identified the origins and destinations of vehicles passing through Storrington and this data will be used in a traffic management feasibility study commissioned by Horsham District Council.

Options such as HGV restrictions, “gating” (holding traffic outside the village to ease flows through it) and improved highway signage will be assessed to see what effect these changes will have on air quality in the village.

Horsham District Council will be consulting widely once the draft action plan has been accepted by DEFRA and the public will be encouraged to give its views on the measures being proposed.

It is recognised that improving air quality in Storrington is a mammoth task and getting businesses, residents and local representatives fully behind the action plan will be a key factor in its success.

Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for a safer & healthier district, said: “Identifying and implementing the solutions to address the air quality issues in Storrington will be a challenge.

“I am satisfied that we have assembled the right people to examine the options and will consult, when appropriate, with all the people in Storrington on proposals to improve air quality.”

For more information on the Storrington air quality management area, please visit the dedicated web page on Horsham District Council’s website

Or contact Horsham District Council by calling 01403 215609 or emailing publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk

Work is also continuing on a Further Assessment of air pollution for Cowfold with the report due to be completed by December 2012.

The Further Assessment will be important for the development of a subsequent Air Quality Action Plan for Cowfold.