DEFRA threatens Bristol City Council with legal action over air quality plan

Environment minister Therese Coffey has written to Bristol City Council, warning it she will be forced to consider legal action if the council does not submit its already delayed air quality plan before 27 September.

In the letter, dated 23 July, Coffey noted that she had already written to the council in March requesting it to publish a full business case on how it would comply with statutory nitrogen dioxide concentration limits in the shortest possible time. 

This is the latest in a string of delays, with the council already having missed its second government-imposed deadline to submit plans its plans in February.

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