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The County You Live, Work And Play

Air Pollution Levels Dangerous At Roundabout


25/09/15


The Whirlies roundabout again failed to meet the legal requirement for levels


























Activists in East Kilbride are demanding urgent action to tackle “dangerous” levels of air pollution at the Whirlies after new figures showed more than 3500 people die in Scotland each year from breathing in toxic exhaust fumes.

For the first time, statistics from the UK government compile deaths blamed on nitrogen dioxide gas, as well as tiny sooty particles.

And environmentalists in Scotland say the latest figures are an increase on the previous estimate of 2000 deaths.


The UK and Scottish governments launched new public consultations on their plans to improve air quality and cut pollution from exhaust fumes. Figures released this year revealed the Whirlies roundabout again failed to meet the legal requirement for levels of particulate matter (PM10) introduced in 2008 and is in the top 20 of sites failing Scottish Government standards on emissions.

The Scottish maximum for PM10 is 18 microgrammes per cubic metre.

Figures show the level of PM10 at the Whirlies roundabout reached this figure and rose from 14 microgrammes per cubic metre from 2013 to 2014.

Now the Lanarkshire Green Party are demanding South Lanarkshire Council come up with an action plan once and for all.


Lanarkshire Greens spokesperson and East Kilbride campaigner, Kirsten Robb, said: “It’s shocking that people living around the Whirlies are still waiting, after seven years, for an action plan to make their air safe to breathe. The Greens contacted the council seven years ago to ask when action would be taken and were told that public consultation would take place and an action plan produced - we are still waiting.

“There is a play park right next to the Whirlies and the damaging effects of air pollution on health are well documented. Action to tackle the unacceptable levels of pollution is long overdue - the council needs to get its finger out.”


Shirley Clelland, head of fleet and environmental services said: “We are fortunate in South Lanarkshire that air quality is generally good. However, there are some areas of poorer air quality and these are generally found within more urban areas where there are a higher number of vehicles. An Air Quality Management Area (AQM) was declared at Whirlies roundabout in 2008 and data from the monitor shows that levels have been reducing. Air quality monitoring continues in this area. The council is working on its annual Air Quality Action Plan which aims to drive measures forward to improve air quality, including that at Whirlies in East Kilbride. The Air Quality Action Plan is currently in the final stages of preparation and will go out for public consultation in the near future.”