Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Pollution cash call

A COUNCILLOR has called for more money to tackle air pollution in Henley.

Stefan Gawrysiak wants a “substantial” sum to be included in South Oxfordshire District Council’s budget for next year.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley Town Council, he said: “The district council budget for 2016/17 is £20,000 — that’s it. That is to pay for the monitoring of pollution and reporting the figures to Defra. It is a paltry figure.

“I will be tabling resolutions to make sure it is more substantial [or] we are not going to get things done.”

Nitrogen dioxide levels in some Henley streets are more than 50 per cent higher than Air Quality England’s target limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre.

The district council says it is working on initiatives to improve Henley’s air quality, including the installation of electric vehicle charging points and parking permit incentives for “green” vehicles.

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