Wednesday, 13 May 2009

‘Smog’ warning for Brighton's traffic hotspots

Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has warned residents of Brighton's traffic hotspots they face a ‘summer of smog’ after the Government admitted it would fail to meet EU clean air targets that came into force in 2005.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s Air Quality Action Plan lists 18 ‘hotspots’, where pollution levels exceed EU limits. Air quality is particularly bad at Preston Circus, the Vogue Gyratory, Lewes Road, Grand Parade and Eastern Road.

Just last week planners banned new buildings in the Lewes Road area having windows that could open because of health fears over poor air quality.

“That’s incredible – pollution is so bad in some areas of the city that experts say just breathing poses a health hazard,” Dr Lucas said.

“But rather than take steps to sort it out the Government refuses to adopt the new rules while the council bans opening windows.”

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