Aim: To protect the environment and communities from the adverse effects of pollution
Pollution levels are monitored by the Council and other agencies such as the Environment Agency and the Severn Trent Water Authority. Monitoring provides benchmark data which can be used in maintaining and improving the quality of the environment for the safety of local communities. The emphasis is on working in partnership with the public and other organisations which advise businesses about compliance with guidelines and legislation, with enforcement being the last resort. Further developments in European and national legislation will have a major impact over the way that pollution matters are tackled in future.
The Council is one of the seven West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities which are currently developing action plans for improving air quality across the region. These will consider the major contributors to pollution such as road transport, energy generation, industrial processes and domestic sources. Dudley has always taken a positive approach to improving air quality and the entire borough has been declared as both an air quality management area and a smoke control area.
During the development of the air quality action plan, the Council aims to recognise the links between health, well-being and air quality and the plan will be considered during the formulation of subsequent land use and transport plans.
The Council aims to:
- Continue its programme of assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with new development including noise, air pollution and land contamination and ensure that these impacts are minimised or offset in the most appropriate fashion
- Implement the Dudley MBC Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy to meet its obligations under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (1990), thereby enabling the council to tackle the historical legacy of unsustainable development
- Develop an action plan to improve air quality across the borough and encourage modal shift towards more sustainable forms of transport
- Encourage more sustainable waste disposal practices including reuse and recycling and discourage polluting practices such as bonfires and fly-tipping
- Consult with a wide range of stakeholders including government, employers, other regulatory bodies and related professions, non-government organisations, educational bodies and the general public in formulating more sustainable policies for the future