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Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Register to vote by midnight on 18 June 2024: GOV.UK: Register to vote. (opens new window) You can also vote by post: GOV.UK: apply to vote by post (opens new window). The deadline to apply is 5pm on 19 June 2024 or apply to vote by proxy by 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)

 

Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Air quality

Local authorities have a duty to monitor air quality within their areas having regard to national air quality objectives and standards and report this information to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on an annual basis. There are seven pollutants which we are required to consider under European and UK Law, these include lead, benzene and sulphur dioxide.

Air quality in Wiltshire is predominantly good with the majority of the county having clean, unpolluted air. There are however a small number of locations where the combination of traffic, road layout and geography has resulted in exceedances of the annual average for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates (PM10).

All information relating to air quality monitoring in Wiltshire can be found on Air quality data.

Community involvement

Community involvement in air quality has been key to producing the Wiltshire Air Quality Action Plan. As part of this process Area Boards with an air quality management area have been tasked through whatever means they feel suitable to produce a plan of actions to help with the improvement of air quality in their area which is community lead. The plans form part of the Wiltshire wide air quality action plan.

The community action plans and projects are continuously evolving; therefore each group can be contacted through Our communities.

Air quality and the planning process

The planning process identifies air quality as a material consideration where development takes place and under certain circumstances an Air Quality Assessment may be required as part of the application process. The findings of such assessments are an integral part of planning negotiations and submissions and are reflected in the ultimate decision as to whether development will be permitted and the nature of any air quality conditions or informative associated with it.

Wiltshire Council has produced  supplementary planning guidance (PDF) [6MB] (opens new window) for developers and consultants. This document provides details of policy behind air quality in planning and the expectations of Wiltshire Council, as well as the current requirements for assessments and reporting.

Air quality objectives and standards

This section describes the various standards that have been adopted for air quality

For home

We can all play a part in reducing air pollution and in doing so we can make savings on our heating and electricity costs.

For developers

Developers are key players in determining future air quality. As development is undertaken and completed economic activity will be enhanced and new dwellings will be occupied. Both have the power to generate more traffic and more congestion.

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