An area of Swaffham will be classed as an Air Quality Management Area to improve air quality

Swaffham town centre. Picture: Ian Burt

Swaffham town centre. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A small part of Swaffham will be designated as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) after a proposal was approved at a Breckland Council cabinet meeting.

The proposal, put forward by the council's environmental protection officers, will see the areas immediately surrounding a 400m stretch of the A1065/Station Street, between Cley Road and Spinners Street, declared an AQMA.

Air quality measurements recorded by the council have shown levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in part of the town around or slightly higher than national guidance levels.

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At the meeting on Tuesday, March 21, Councillor Allison Webb, the council's executive member for people and information, said the authority could be fined by the government if action was not taken.

The next stage is for an action plan to be developed and submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.