Saturday, 19 August 2017

Residents to be quizzed on air pollution solution

RESIDENTS of Watlington have another chance to say what they think about how to reduce vehicle emissions

RESIDENTS of Watlington have another chance to say what they think about how to reduce vehicle emissions in the town.

Researchers working for South Oxfordshire District Council will be conducting doorstep interviews.

The town suffers from poor air quality, largely due to traffic congestion.

Last year the council commissioned a report by consultants Ricardo Energy that suggested:

• Removing on-street parking on Couching Street and Shirburn Street to create “freight clearways” so goods vehicles and cars don’t end up queuing.



• Having clearer signage and more patrols using automatic number plate recognition technology. 

• Introducing tougher enforcement of the town’s 7.5-tonne weight limit.

The council says it has already received a good response from people across the district to its proposed low emissions strategy.

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for environmental health, said: “Now we want to fully understand the views of people who actually live in these areas.

“The proposed strategy has shown us that these are the only actions that will make a significant difference and we’d like to hear how residents feel the actions could affect their day-to-day lives.”



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