Enough is enough
ACTION is being called for to improve the air quality in Lutterworth town centre after a survey revealed pollution levels are too high.
Equipment to monitor pollution levels in Lutterworth has been up since 2001, when part of the town centre was declared a Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
Harborough District Council, which monitors the levels, recently launched a consultation to extend the AQMA south, after assessments revealed levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at its southern end were too high.
But Lutterworth town councillors are saying enough is enough, and want something done to improve the levels.
Though Harborough Council has responsibility for monitoring the situation, it is Leicestershire County Council which must decide if action is to be taken.
Cllr David Gair told the Mail: “It’s all very well to go on measuring it but we all know the problem is there. It has been measured since 2001 and has grown steadily worse. When are they going to do anything about it?”
Cllr Gair said the town had hoped a bypass scheme backed by the county council in 2008 would reduce the amount of traffic pollution in the town.
But the project was shelved following the economic downturn.
And Cllr Gair said a new pedestrian crossing planned at the Rugby Road/Stony Hollow junction would actually make pollution worse, as traffic would be forced to stop, then rev their engines again to get up the hill.
Proposals by the district council to extend the AQMA were discussed at a meeting of Lutterworth Town Council on Tuesday last week.
Cllr John Turner told the meeting: “Certainly since 2005 there has been no reduction in the amount of pollution and it has been above the safe limits.
“It seems to me we will not get any progress on this and we should be asking for something to be done about the air quality around the High Street and Church Street junction.”
Cllr Jeanette Ackerley added: “I support an extension of the area, but only if we also say that we do hope information which is gathered will be sent to the county council’s highways team to show them we have a problem with air quality that needs to be addressed.”
A county council spokesman said: “The county council has examined the issues around air quality in Lutterworth and has concluded that there are no readily available traffic management solutions.”
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