As part of the Council's drive to improve air quality, the Council applied for a bid to Defra as part of their Air Quality grant scheme to deliver a project focusing on reducing concentrations of particulate matter. The Council were successful with their application bid and have been awarded £115,632 in funding.
In the latest studies, Ipswich is shown to have elevated levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10), with locations in Ipswich likely to exceed any proposed legal limits under the new Environment Act 2021. Ipswich Borough Council receives a substantial number of smoke complaints every year, centred around bonfires and wood burners. During 2020, whilst ‘green waste’ collections were suspended, the council received a substantial increase in smoke complaints.
As part of the project, the Council have launched this survey to ascertain current levels of knowledge of air pollution and behaviours regarding domestic burning within Ipswich. Responses to the survey will help influence any future educational messages and help us to gauge the overall success of the project. Participation in the survey is welcomed by residents of Ipswich. The survey will be available to complete until Friday 23 December. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.
The findings of the survey will be analysed by the Environmental Health Team and also used in a dissertation as part of an Environmental Health MSc at the University of Derby. Any personal data collected will be anonymised.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.