Main Street is one of the most pol­luted

Cam­bus­lang only just be­low city road lev­els

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Douglas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang Main Street has been named one of the most pol­luted streets in Scot­land.

Fig­ures re­leased by Friends of the Earth Scot­land recorded 45 mi­cro­grammes per cu­bic me­tre of ni­tro­gen diox­ide in 2016, well above the Euro­pean Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Di­rec­tive of 40.

Only busy roads in Scot­land’s four largest cities recorded higher lev­els than Cam­bus­lang.

How­ever, Ruther­glen Main Street has dropped off the list of streets record­ing higher than ap­proved lev­els of par­tic­u­late mat­ter for the first time in three years.

The fig­ures re­late to the period Jan­uary to Septem­ber last year. It is the first time pol­lu­tion at Cam­bus­lang Main Street has been recorded this way.

Speak­ing about the Cam­bus­lang fig­ure, Emilia Hanna, Friends of the Earth cam­paigner, said: “This shows pol­lu­tion is not just for big cities, it af­fects ev­ery­where.

“This is a pub­lic health cri­sis, we want to name it as that.”

Cha i r o f Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, David Thomp­son said he was “ap­palled” at the re­port.

He added: “The last Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Sur­vey showed that lo­cal peo­ple are very un­happy at in­creas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion in the town cen­tre, and now we learn that there are ma­jor health risks with un­safe and il­le­gal lev­els of toxic pol­lu­tion.

“It ap­pears that Cam­bus­lang Main Street is the only sub­ur­ban area in the FoE list - which is an in­dict­ment of traf­fic poli­cies for the town.

“There is a need for ur­gent ac­tion by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, and we ex­pect them to bring for­ward plans, in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity, on how they pro­pose to bring down pol­lu­tion lev­els in Cam­bus­lang as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment had set strin­gent air qual­ity tar­gets and would sup­port the up­take of low emis­sion ve­hi­cles and pro­vide grant fund­ing for air qual­ity ac­tion plans.

She added: “There have been sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in pol­lu­tion emis­sions in re­cent decades through tighter in­dus­trial reg­u­la­tion, im­proved fuel qual­ity, cleaner ve­hi­cles and an in­creased fo­cus on sus­tain­able trans­port.”

How­ever, Glas­gow MSP James Kelly said more fo­cus on pub­lic trans­port was needed: “The SNP have failed to reg­u­late bus travel, mean­ing com­pa­nies can charge what­ever fares they like. Com­bined with the sham­bles that is Sco­tRail, it’s no won­der cars con­tinue to pol­lute our busy streets.”

Breath­less Cam­bus­lang Main Street has been named as one of the most pol­luted streets in Scot­land

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