Welcome to the Information Page for Sefton's Clean Air Plan!

Why is Air Quality Important?

The health and wellbeing of our residents is our main priority and air pollution is a growing public health concern. Air pollution is linked with many serious health conditions and can lead to people dying earlier. Air pollution affects the most vulnerable in society: children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions. There is also often a strong link with social equality issues – this is true within Sefton, where the poorest air quality is within the less wealthy areas in the south of the Borough.

Frequently asked questions about Air Quality in Sefton can be found here.

What are we doing about Air Quality in Sefton?

Due to the health impacts and inequalities within Sefton, we are acting to improve air quality – for now and for future generations! However, there are still challenges ahead to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in some areas. In 2018, the Council therefore worked with Environmental Consultants AECOM to carry out an early study to see if it is possible to have a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Sefton to reduce traffic-related emissions. The study found that a CAZ could have a positive effect on reducing NO2 in the most polluted areas. A potential CAZ  is therefore now being considered as part of the Council’s overall Clean Air Plan Strategy.

What happens next?

The Council is now working with consultants to develop an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the Clean Air Plan, to see if different ideas to improve air quality, including a Clean Air Zone, will work in Sefton.

This page is intended to share information on the outcomes of the Clean Air Plan OBC, including details about how you can get involved in the upcoming public engagement and consultation.

There will be more opportunities to get involved in the future. Please stay tuned for more details.

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