Decision details

Proposal to Review the Tunbridge Wells Air Quality Management Area

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Tunbridge Wells was first declared in 2005. Air quality in Tunbridge Wells has improved considerably in recent years, to the point that for the last 5 years, pollution levels have been below the threshold required for the declaration of an AQMA. DEFRA are concerned that Councils are allowing AQMAs to remain in place after they cease to meet the necessary criteria, and have therefore made it clear that we should revoke the AQMA.




  1. That the revocation of the A26 Air Quality Management Area be approved, and that monitoring be continued.


  1. That the Head of Legal Partnership and Head of Environment, Health and Housing be authorised to agree the wording of, and issue, the A26 Air Quality Management Area Revocation Notice be approved.


REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure the Council continues to comply with all relevant Air Quality legislation, guidance and best practice.

Report author: Stuart Maxwell

Publication date: 21/03/2024

Date of decision: 21/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 03/04/2024

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