Air Quality Action Plan - Chester City Centre consultation

This consultation has now closed.


Cheshire West and Chester Council has been monitoring air pollution levels in and around Chester city centre for a number of years. Generally air quality in Chester is good with the exception to this an area surrounding the city centre where monitored nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels have been consistently above the national annual objective. Consequently on 23 May 2017, the Council declared the whole of Chester city centre and stretches of major approach roads leading to the city an Air Quality Management Area. The main source of the pollution is traffic emissions and the Council have been exploring measures to reduce these emissions.

The Council are required to formulate an Action Plan to address this air quality issue and an environmental consultant, Bureau Veritas has been appointed to undertake this work. The consultant’s work was recently completed and a report has been produced recommending that further consideration is given to a series of measures that may improve local air quality in Chester city centre.

What we are consulting on

The measures proposed in the Action Plan may improve local air quality but there is potential for some of these measures to impact on local residents and businesses.  We want to know your views on the proposed measures as well as any additional suggestions that you may have for improving air quality in Chester city centre.

How to share your views

The 12 week consultation period closes on 16 February 2020. You can tell us what you think about the proposals by taking part in our online survey. Before completing the survey please ensure you have read the Air Quality Action Plan Summary.

Further information

Other ways to take part

Comments can also be emailed and paper copies of the survey can be requested via the following methods:

Drop-in events

Drop-in events will take place for the public and local businesses to discuss any aspect of the action plan. 

The events will take place at: 

  • ​Chester Meeting Rooms, Chester Quaker Meeting House, Union Walk (off Frodsham Street), Chester, CH1 3LF​
The events are scheduled for 2pm to 7.30pm:
  • 6 February - event for members of the public
  • 13 February - event for local businesses

How your views will be used​

What you tell us will be used to inform the development of these proposals. Following the end of the consultation period, the Council will consider all feedback and make any amendments thought necessary and incorporate them into the Action Plane prior to implementation. We will feed back the results of this consultation in April 2020.

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

Please note:

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or sexual identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.​​​​


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