Monday, 23 July 2018

Ideas to tackle pollution inadequate, says council

IDEAS for tackling traffic pollution in Watlington do not go far enough, according to the parish council.

A new air quality action plan for South Oxfordshire produced by the district council recommended introducing a low emission zone in the town.

It also suggested reviewing Watlington’s weight restriction zone and increasing enforcement of it, improving signage at the town’s entrance and removing on-street parking in Couching Street and part of Shirburn Street to improve traffic flow.

However, in its official response to the document, Watlington Parish Council says: “Our overall view is that this is a lightweight document that has severely misjudged its audience.” Watlington has some of the highest pollution levels in South Oxfordshire caused by traffic with an average annual reading of nitrogen dioxide of 51 micrograms per cubic metre, compared with the 40mcm objective set by Air Quality England.

The district council’s plan said: “Eighty-two per cent of the traffic in Watlington is cars which create 44 per cent of the roads’ nitrogen oxide levels. Conversely, heavy goods vehicles and buses make up just four per cent but also create 44 per cent of the total emissions.”

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