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Have Your Say on Air Quality Plan

Residents are being asked for their views as part of a consultation exercise on air quality in their neighbourhoods.

An Air Quality Action Plan (2018-23) has been drawn up to tackle the issue in a number of locations across the borough including Newcastle town centre; Liverpool Road in Kidsgrove; Little Madeley; May Bank; Wolstanton and Porthill.

Areas within these locations have been designated as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) by the Borough Council due to the fact levels of nitrogen dioxide exceed recommended levels.

Cllr. Trevor Johnson, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “We are encouraging anyone with an interest in air quality matters in these areas to get in touch with us and to take part in the consultation.

“Our action plan has been developed with a range of measures identified to tackle, and reduce, excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide, principally associated with vehicle emissions.”

Residents have until 21 October to make their comments.

Nitrogen dioxide is a colourless, odourless gas which irritates the lungs and can contribute to respiratory and cardiac illness including asthma.

The young and elderly as well as those in poor health are particularly susceptible to high levels of nitrogen dioxide.

The consultation can be tackled online using the Have Your Say link which is on the home page of the Council’s website – www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk – under the Your Newcastle icon.


Last updated 24 September 2018