Rugby Road air quality is the worst in town
RUGBY Road is the worst place in Hinckley for air pollution.
Readings taken at traffic lights beside the entrance to The Crescent showed an average of 36 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide in every cubic metre of air over a year. Government guidelines set a limit of 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide in a cubic metre of air in a year.
Further down Rugby Road outside the Hinckley Hub there is a lower reading of 26 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre.
The worst place in the Hinckley and Bosworth borough is Shaw Lane in Markfield. Level of nitrogen dioxide have reached government limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air.
The readings were taken by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and appear in a report for the council’s scrutiny commission.
A spokesperson for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said: “Local Authorities have a statutory duty to manage local air quality under the Environment Act 1995. As part of this duty HBBC regularly reviews and assesses air quality in the borough against standards and objectives prescribed by regulations.
“Traffic emissions are now responsible for the greatest impact upon air quality nationally, with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) being the main pollutant of concern. HBBC has a number of monitoring sites across the borough which measure NO2.
“Monitoring carried out in 2017 has shown that the air quality across the bor- ough was comfortably within the prescribed air quality objective values at all but one monitoring location along Shaw Lane in Markfield. This site is close to the objective value and will continue to be kept under review.”
Nitrogen dioxide is a brown gas created when fuel is burnt such as in petrol engines, diesel engines and gas boilers. High levels can lead to lung inflammation. If people breathe in high levels of nitrogen dioxide over a long period their lungs can be damaged. The gas particularly affects people with asthma.
If readings show nitrogen dioxide has risen above 40 micrograms per cubic metre the council must declare the site at Air Quality Management Area and take steps, usually involving regulating traffic flow, to reduce the pollution.