Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the action plan
The development and adoption of the air quality action plan is really represents the start of the action plan process, and significant effort needs to be invested by the Council and stakeholders to ensure the plan is effectively implemented and thus contributes to improving air quality. After the action plan is formally adopted, it is good practice to maintain regular communication with the steering group, perhaps including quarterly meetings to monitor progress on the implementation of the measures and where necessary to identify and remedy potential hurdles. Perhaps crucially, it is important that all the relevant stakeholders remain engaged in the delivery of the plan and are kept up to date on progress.
In order to ensure that local authorities are making progress on the implementation of their action plan(s), the Scottish Government requires authorities who have adopted an Action Plan to report the progress made with regards to the Action Plan measures. Action Plan Progress Report should be combined with the Review and Assessment Annual Progress Report. Paragraph 4.18 – 4.21 of LAQM TG(16) highlights what should be included within this report. The reporting of action plan progress should follow the structure and format of the summary table included in the Annual Progress Report template (DOC).