RESIDENTS in Gunnislake can find out more about plans to improve air quality in the village at a drop-in exhibition tomorrow (Tuesday).

The event in Gunnislake Public Hall, from 3pm to 7pm, is part of a two-month consultation on Cornwall Council’s draft action plan to improve air quality in the village. 

Local people are being asked to share their views on the options the council is investigating.

The council declared Gunnislake an air quality management area in 2014 after long-term monitoring found that the village has excessive levels of traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  

The main cause is heavy vehicles such as lorries passing through on the A390.

Dorothy Kirk, Cornwall Councillor for Gunnislake and Calstock, said: ‘This is a chance for everyone in the village to learn about and comment on the different proposals for tackling air quality issues in Gunnislake. We want as many local people as possible to share their views with us so we can develop the most suitable options for the village.’

Cllr Geoff Brown, council portfolio holder for communities, said: ‘In general, Cornwall has very good air quality, but there are a few areas where pollution exceeds the national air quality standards. 

‘We want to improve Gunnislake’s air quality for residents and visitors, and learning more about local views is an important part of the process of developing our action plan.’

Staff from the council’s public protection team will be on hand to answer questions at the exhibition.  Anyone can comment on the action plan proposals at the exhibition or by emailing envhealthandlicens [email protected], posting comments to the council or handing them in at a one stop shop. The consultation ends on March 7.