Monday, 21 August 2017

Have your say on reducing pollution...

RESIDENTS of Watlington can have their say on plans to reduce air pollution in the town tomorrow

RESIDENTS of Watlington can have their say on plans to reduce air pollution in the town tomorrow (Saturday).

An exhibition with details of South Oxfordshire District Council’s proposed low emissions strategy will be held in the town hall from 10am to 2pm. Experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Last year a report commissioned by the council from Reading consultants Ricardo Energy suggested different ways to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates such as soot, which are the most harmful substances produced by petrol and diesel engines.

These included:

Banning parking in 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 report said these could reduce the NO2 levels by more than 35 per cent.

 This is the final round of public consultation, which is taking place across the district. The council says that the previous feedback to date has been “broadly supportive”.

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for environmental health, said: “This is the last chance to have a say before we produce our full report.

“It’s very important we hear from as many people as possible — your views really do matter and will make a difference.”



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