Specialist Traffic Data preparation for declaring a Brighton AQMA.

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Background

The Head of Transport says the Rottingdean AQMA was declared in 2013; and assuming the AQMA decision was based on the council’s 2012 detailed assessments,  the traffic data required and used for this specialist work would have been defined and reviewed by the officer carrying out the assessment (the Environmental Health Officer EHO) and  "neither I nor members of my group were directly involved in the detailed analysis or designation of the AQMA within Rottingdean."

Information Request

I wish to see the traffic data / report produced by the specialist and how the work was defined for the specialist.

If there are difficulties locating the report, I wish to know which specialist was contracted for this work and also to see how the work was defined for the specialist and to see the Officer's review of this work.

To avoid confusion, it is solely the information about Rottingdean's AQMA that is of interest, not information about the larger AQMA near the City Centre, though I recognise that the report may cover both AQMAs.

Yours faithfully,

rob shepherd

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Freedom of Information request
Our reference: 1600333
Your reference: [FOI #496612 email]

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Freedom of Information request
Our reference: 1600333
Your reference: [FOI #496612 email]

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Thank you for confirming that for the High St. the assessment used traffic data from an old counter 2km North of the High St.

Using inaccurate data is contrary to the requirements of DEFRA detailed assessments as set out in LAQM TG(09) (and confirmed in the more recent TG(16)) and the response does not say who was responsible for deciding that traffic 2km distant from the High St. validly represented the High St. or if any adjustments or validations were made, who made them.

Please provide this requested information.

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd

Dear Mr Shepherd
 
The following clarification has been provided from the Council Team.
Inputs to the air quality assessment are the responsibility of the senior
air quality officer. In the past this was not a remit of any officer or
manager in the Transport Authority. Transport assessments focus on peak
counts and road capacity for example the function of a junction. For the
assessment of emissions and air quality daily 24-hour traffic counts are
relevant because road traffic emissions are usually constant (daily,
weekly and annual patterns).
 
In the past an officer or manager in Environmental Health would not have
made decisions on the location of traffic counters that are funded by
Highways.
Any complimentary surveys for the purposes of air quality assessment would
have needed to be funded by Environmental Health or another source such as
a Defra grant or the Parish Council.   Modernisation of the council
encourages directorates with various statutory duties to work more closely
together.
 
Moving forward new Automatic Traffic Counters are being positioned in
locations to better understand traffic flow and emission source
apportionment in Air Quality Management Areas. This is funded by a modest
air quality budget transferred from Environmental Health to Transport.  
Archive and active ATCs outside AQMAs can be useful for comparison.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Compliance Officer

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

Thank you for confirming that for the High St. the assessment used traffic
data from an old counter 2km North of the High St.

Using inaccurate data is contrary to the requirements of DEFRA detailed
assessments as set out in LAQM TG(09) (and confirmed in the more recent
TG(16)) and the response does not say who was responsible for deciding
that traffic 2km distant from the High St. validly represented the High
St. or if any adjustments or validations were made, who made them.

Please provide this requested information.

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd

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