Last chance for residents to have their say on ideas to improve air quality

Released on March 15, 2016

Residents in South Oxfordshire only have until 28 March* to have their say on a range of ideas that have been put forward to help improve air quality in the district.

Vehicle emissions could be damaging to the health of residents in Wallingford, Watlington and Henley. To try to address this issue air quality experts have recommended a range of actions that could reduce emissions in the problem areas and across the wider district.

South Oxfordshire District Council wants to know what residents think of the ideas. They must be quick though as comments close at midnight on Easter Monday (28 March)*.

Anyone wishing to find out what the air quality experts have recommended and have their say should visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/lowemissions.

Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for Environmental Health at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Vehicle emissions is a serious issue in South Oxfordshire.  The ideas put forward could make a real difference, however they may also mean changing how we use vehicles in the affected areas, such as restricting traffic at certain times of the day or preventing vehicles from stopping on some roads.  We really don’t know where the weight of public opinion is so it’s very important people let us know what they think.”

The actions the experts have recommended are explained in detail in their proposed Low Emissions Strategy for South Oxfordshire. This is not an action plan – the district council needs to know what residents think of the ideas before investigating further if and how they could be implemented. The district council doesn’t have the powers to implement most of the actions itself, and would have to work with other organisations like the county council if many of the actions are to be put in place.


*updated on 22 March to reflect extended deadline (originally 25 March).