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North La­nark­shire Coun­cil say that recorded lev­els of ni­tro­gen diox­ide and par­tic­u­late PM10 now com­ply with na­tional ob­jec­tives and would not now newly re­quire to be des­ig­nated as ac­tion ar­eas.

Coun­cil­lors be­ing up­dated on North La­nark­shire’s three- year air qual­ity man­age­ment plan at the lat­est meet­ing of the au­thor­ity’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee were told: “This im­prove­ment is not due to a single fac­tor.

“[ It] will be due in part to the im­prov­ing emis­sion stan­dards on ve­hi­cles, im­prove­ments within the ma­jor road net­works and the var­i­ous ac­tions un­der­taken by the coun­cil through pre­vi­ous air qual­ity ac­tion plans.”

How­ever, air qual­ity man­age­ment area (AQMA) sta­tus will not yet be re­voked from the town cen­tre or from two sim­i­lar ar­eas in Air­drie and Coat­bridge de­spite the “ever-im­prov­ing pic­ture” – as three years of con­stant re­sults are re­quired, along with new mea­sure­ments for par­tic­u­late mat­ter PM2.5.

The re­port for coun­cil­lors added: “Ir­re­spec­tive of whether there is a rec­om­men­da­tion to re­voke these ar­eas, they will still be the three most pol­luted in the coun­cil area, and rou­tine air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing will con­tinue.”

Now the lat­est air qual­ity ac­tion plan out­lines 22 ac­tions the coun­cil will take on pol­lu­tion up to 2021 – in­clud­ing “work to im­prove bus pro­vi­sion”, im­prov­ing emis­sion stan­dards from the coun­cil’s ve­hi­cle fleet, and en­cour­ag­ing a “shift away from pri­vate ve­hi­cles to pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing or cy­cling for both leisure and com­muter jour­neys”.

Coun­cil­lors were told that North La­nark­shire has “sig­nif­i­cant air qual­ity chal­lenges, pri­mar­ily as a re­sult of road traf­fic emis­sions”; and that the lat­est plan “demon­strates the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing air qual­ity for the peo­ple of North La­nark­shire”.

Huge im­prove­ments In air qual­ity around Mother­well town cen­tre

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