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Improving road transport-related air quality in England through joint working between Environmental Health Officers and Transport Planners

Olowoporoku, Dotun; Hayes, Enda; Longhurst, James; Parkhurst, Graham

Authors

Dotun Olowoporoku

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Enda Hayes enda.hayes@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Air Quality and Carbon Management



Abstract

In this paper the necessity for effective joint working arrangements between Environmental Health Officers and Transport Planners is demonstrated as a fundamental prerequisite for successful management of traffic-related air quality in English local government areas. Current approach to joint working and collaboration between the officers was examined based on the evidence from a three-year study which involved questionnaire surveys and case study interviews. The findings show that despite good administrative devolution and policy integration, the chance of improving specific local air quality situations through the Local Transport Planning process is dependent on other overriding factors which influence the capabilities of the authorities to integrate policies across departments and tiers of governments. Implicit in these findings is the need for a shared paradigm of continuous engagement by all the policy actors and stakeholders if proper integration and the possibility of tangible results in future policy development are to be achieved. The paper proposes a new framework through which such collaborations can be developed and within which solutions to the issues identified can be evaluated. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2011
Journal Local Environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Electronic ISSN 1469-6711
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 7
Pages 603-618
APA6 Citation Olowoporoku, D., Olowoporoku, A., Hayes, E., Longhurst, J., & Parkhurst, G. (2011). Improving road transport-related air quality in England through joint working between Environmental Health Officers and Transport Planners. Local Environment, 16(7), 603-618. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2011.582859
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2011.582859
Keywords Local Air Quality Management (LAQM), Local Transport Planning (LTP), environmental policy, policy integration, Local Transport Authorities (LTA), English local government
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2011.582859