Sunday, 20 August 2017

More information needed on air quality

PARISH councillors are demanding more information on a report into air quality in Watlington.

PARISH councillors are demanding more information on a report into air quality in Watlington.

Watlington Parish Council chairman Ian Hill has asked for further information  from environmental consultants Ricardo Energy, but has not yet received a reply.

At last week’s council meeting parish councillor Tom Bindoff asked Anna Badcock, the town’s representative on the district council, which commissioned the report, why there was no response.

Councillor Badcock said she had forwarded the request but Cllr Bindoff replied saying it was a report funded by the taxpayer and a response was needed.

The report outlines ways to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates such as soot, which are the most harmful substances produced by petrol and diesel vehicles.



It recommends measures for Watlington, which it says would reduce the NO2 level by more than 35 per cent.

They include removing on-street parking on Couching Street and Shirburn Street to create “freight clearways” so goods vehicles and cars don’t end up queuing, tougher enforcement of the town’s 7.5-tonne weight limit, clearer signage and more patrols using automatic number plate recognition technology.



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