Let Calderdale Breathe – public meeting on air pollution Tuesday 7th March

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We need to cut air pollution in Calderdale – in seven areas, called Air Quality Management Areas,  traffic-caused air pollution exceeds legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and there are also quite high levels of Particulate Matter (PMn).

Biomass/Wood burning and incinerators are also becoming an air pollution issue.

The Local Development Framework means local planning policies relating to  air quality have essentially been set aside, leaving only Policy EP1 Protection of Air Quality.

In Hebden Bridge, Central Street Infant School and Riverside Junior School are within yards of the A646 through Central Hebden Bridge, which is one of the Air Quality Management Areas where traffic air pollution exceeds legal limits.

Traffic air pollution causes long term damage to children’s health.

Calderdale Council is preparing its air quality strategy and action plan.  It’s vital that it includes practical measures to improve air quality in Brighouse, Copley Valley at Salterhebble and Bolton Brow, Hebden Bridge, Hipperholme, Luddenden Foot, Sowerby Bridge and Stump Cross, Halifax.

All are welcome to discuss how bad the problem is and practical ways of solving it.

We are trying to get an idea of people’s views on air pollution in Calderdale. To help us, please complete the following brief survey.

Calderdale Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer was to have attended the meeting, but he has just emailed,  to say that unfortunately he can’t attend and sends his apologies.



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