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You mean they are not taking action or they have failed to meet their own targets please?
I mean the council knew in June 2012 the pollution would require AQMA designation but waited until December 2012 to notify residents. We are still awaiting an action plan as the council say they are still working on this. If they hadn't overloaded our street with additional bus routes after closing other streets to traffic as part of a haphazard traffic reorganization we would not have reached AQMA stage
You can do 2 things:
1) Complain to the Local Government Ombudsman
They are independent of the Council and can consider any complaint you have against them for free
Their website is: www.lgo.org.uk
2) Judicial Review
This is where a High Court Judge considers the actions of a Council or otherwise and decides whether they are reasonable and legal.
A Judge can agree with the Councils decision or remit it back for further consideration.C
Clearly you would need a Solicitor for this because of the Court process involved and it is unlikely you would get legal aid due to government cuts.
But those are the two options.
You could try and bring a claim for personal injury but unless you can show you have suffered as a direct result and any injuries are directly caused then any claim is likely to fail.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
This is great - many thanks
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