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Star date: 4th July 2017

SALFORD AND WORSLEY AND ECCLES NAMED IN NEW POLLUTION HOTSPOT STUDY

A new report by Friends of the Earth has named Salford local authority area and Worsley and Eccles constituency amongst national pollution hotspots, with dangerously high levels of NO2, or nitrogen oxide.

An army of 'citizen scientists' measured pollution levels on their doorstep and found illegal levels of air pollution. This week, Greater Manchester Combined Authority is meeting to discuss the feasibility of Clean Air Zones in the region.

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Friends of the Earth has produced a new report, Unmasked: the true story of the air you're breathing, in which the findings of thousands of 'citizen scientists' show the dangerously high level of NO2, or nitrogen oxide, on their doorsteps.

NO2 is produced mainly by emissions from vehicles and affects breathing, particularly for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases. It can also set these diseases off.

Friends of the Earth's citizen scientists used the charity's clean air kits to monitor pollution for two weeks, and high NO2 levels (results above 40 μgm-3) would break EU legal limits if recorded for the whole year.

The results nationally showed high NO2 concentrations in 133 local authorities, 26 more than Government documents highlight. Amongst the 133 local authorities was Salford, while Worsley and Eccles was also named amongst seven Greater Manchester constituencies with high NO2 concentrations.

"Our citizen scientists have shown that if the Government won't step up to the plate on air quality, ordinary people will" says Catherine Thomson, Manchester Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner "But even so, it's shocking that these early results suggest the Government is underplaying the true extent of pollution in the UK.

"We urge our newly-elected Greater Manchester MPs - at least 7 of whom appear to have high levels of pollution in their constituencies - to work with ministers over the coming weeks to ensure the Government's final Air Quality Plan is fit for purpose" she adds "The Government has acknowledged that Clean Air Zones are the best way to deal with this public health crisis, which is why they must stop playing politics with our health and urgently introduce them everywhere with illegal levels of air pollution."

This week, Greater Manchester Combined Authority is meeting to discuss the results of its Clean Air Zones feasibility project. The report being discussed is incredibly short on detail, only outlining four potential zones for vehicles, including cars, without stating where they are. The report also proposes a car sharing scheme and Dutch style cycle lanes.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to fund and mandate Clean Air Zones - in which the most polluting vehicles are charged to enter - in all the locations predicted to have illegal levels of air pollution beyond next year; and for Theresa May to provide a safety net for drivers by introducing a comprehensive diesel scrappage scheme funded by a 'diesel-gate levy' on manufacturers.

To read the full Friends of the Earth report Ė click here

To become a citizen scientist, you can order a Clean Air Kit and measure the pollution on your doorstep Ė click here for details

The P.I.G. (politically incorect green) wrote
at 14:34:27 on 05 July 2017
I am sorry to hear Fletcher has mobility problems that prevent him/her from using a bike. I am not one of these cyclists who always like to ram the benefits of cycling down peoples throats. I have a car as well that I have to use sometimes, but I share it with a couple of friends. I live very close to chapel street on a council estate, so i wouldn,t have the problem of traveling to Manchester. All around me, on what used to be council housing, flats and houses are being built for well off city workers. £300 000 for starter home near St Philips church. This land was almost exclusivly was owned by salford council. Why did this labour council ignore the housing needs of ordinary Salford people, who perhaps need housing near to where they work in manchester? Also near me, there are quite a few disabled people. They ,apart from one ,do not have cars. they all have the mobility scooters, and they do not use buses. they do not use buses because they have difficulty getting on and off them, the ones that can use them find the drivers are not as helpful as they could be, they are incovenient , they can get where they need to quicker on their scooters. All these people would, I presume qualify for free bus transport ,but they do not use it.In my previous post , I did not advocate getting rid of buses. In fact, I said that there should be more of them , but of the smaller electric kind and of a more flexible nature. In Cape Town , when I was there many years ago, there used to be small say 12 seat diesel buses going along all the main routes. you walked to the main road and held your hand out .the bus stopped and you got on. you gave 1 rand to the drivers assistant. The drivers assistant also helped old ladies and disabled people on and off the bus. when you wanted to get off ,you shouted to the driver who stopped, but only on the route. "couldn't work here, minimum wage and all that" well it could. thing about it. electric vehicles cost next to nothing to run, in trafic,a mini bus will use about 1 to 1.5 gallons of diesel each hour. that would pay a young assistant trainee driver wouldnt it? The number of these vehicles on the road increased at rush hour. The drivers knew by instinct when they were needed. These vehicles were regulated ,and in good condition in Cape Town. I suspect that this was not the case in Joburg. Buses are not cheap, last time i got one i think it was about 3 quid from the height to manchester. I remember it stunk as well, also a couple of yobs on it as well for good measure. The metrolink tram system is little better. Still full of yobs swilling spesh ,and the tram jerking all over the place, making you feel sick. policed by heavy handed gestapo revenue protection officers,swaggering about like a gang of thugs, who seem to be more interested in catching quiet and peaceful fare dodgers, than keeping the yobs in order. I ,for one, have just got to accept it, hard as it is, that things for the foreseeable future will never change. North Korea will have political change before Salford. There is some hope though. I look around now and I see a lot of young people well paid, well educated. they have to be to afford to live arround this area. as far as i can make out, these people are still influenced by labour ideology. If they become activists and stay around here, and become councillors, is it just wishful thinking on my part, to hope that here might become like chorlton , withington,didsbury areas. Still left but with a little bit of intellegence. No ,just dreamland I guess.

Fletcher wrote
at 06:01:40 on 05 July 2017
I canít afford a vw up, citygo, smart car or any other type of car, and with my problems I certainly canít use a cycle. So can P.I.G. tell me how to get into the centre of Manchester to work. Oh, I could get the train, but arenít they diesels? And anyway itís about two miles to the station. Ah, well, itís the bus then.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 06:00:56 on 05 July 2017
Thank you Salford Star for the news. I really am pleased to be able to read all the latest updates.

Salford Senser (not Censor) wrote
at 06:00:48 on 05 July 2017
Spot on Mary F, and The P.I.G. makes some valid points too. My query about the validity of this survey is this: Was it undertaken in areas of slow or static traffic or traffic moving at speed? If the latter, then it is a more serious pollution problem. If the former then we need to examine the reasons for the stationary or slow traffic, likely caused by planners not joining up the schemes they introduce. For example, reducing the number of lanes for cars by putting in bus lanes means increasing congestion, slower speeds, longer car journeys and more pollution. Take the East Lancs from Leigh for instance - the speed limits reduce from 60 to 50 then to 40. This causes congestion to build up in the 40 mph areas. Take Trinity Way too: there used to be 3 routes into Manchester - Chapel St, Liverpool St and Regent Rd. Lanes have been reduced on Chapel St and the number of sets of traffic lights on Regent Rd slows traffic; the Bridge closed that took the Liverpool St traffic into Manchester City Centre. Look at the situation now: Albion way, Cross St and Langworthy Rd are virtual carparks in the rush hours and all connecting and radial roads have lengthy queues too. The knock-on effects affect Manchester City Centre too, exacerbated by schemes put in place to try to reduce congestion: treating the symptoms and not the illness. The "illness" is caused by ill-conceived "quick fix" measures and the ideal cure is to get the traffic moving and get rid of pollution caused by stationary traffic. Are electric cars any better? I don't have the data about the amount of pollution caused by fossil and nuclear fuels from power stations to produce the electricity, it just seems a case of moving the pollution elsewhere. And what about the chemicals and pathogens in batteries? The GM Mayor is strategically placed to cure the illness of traffic congestion - a congestion charge is not the answer - merely a quick fix - as people will continue to drive their vehicles and neither is speedy reliable 365/24/7 public transport for the same reasons. Sort out the congestion by getting traffic moving again, and I bet that pollution levels will fall. (PS: I'm not a petrol head - one of the best measures taken was to remove lead from petrol - an example of treating the "illness" and not the symptoms.)

Mary ferrer wrote
at 19:38:49 on 04 July 2017
Salford appears to be top again for all the wrong reasons. Do your think someone,somewhere is trying to tell us something. Maybe we need change at the top.our leaders seem to be getting things wrong. Loans,investments in hairbrain property deals.Now our environment.

The P.I.G. (politically incorect green) wrote
at 19:38:41 on 04 July 2017
I am sick and tired of people lumping together all greens as being left wing nutters. I am brassed off with all my fellow cyclists who stand up for bus operators, belching out tons of filthy black smoke, whilst they carry about half a dozen passengers, at the same time, causing congestion for all the cars. The cars are not a problem, I would rather travel behind a close convoy of say 100 vw up , citygo, smart car etc, than one stinking bus. The bus operators like to say they are "providing a public service" rubbish ,they are a rip off like the trains. Just stop the buses for 2 or 3 days along the crescent and Chapel street.Any days you like, but give the people notice. on these days, people who travel normally by bus will then either travel by car , bike or train. this will ,according to conventional lefty thinking, this will cause a lot more cars to be on the road, road speeds to drop, and more pollution to be created. but it doesn,t because vehicles move faster. They, the left wing bolsheviks who control transport in greater manchester will not try this simple experiment because it will prove that their transport ideology is wrong. we have a couple of local universities who could independently monitor this trial idea . what reason can Dennet and his Mad Hatter friends come up with for not trying this. Sometimes, radical ideas can work. I remember a while back someone said it would be a good idea to allow motor bikes into bus lanes. I for one was against it on safety grounds for cyclists. Some local authorities trialed it and the idea was good, and cyclist accidents actually went down in these areas.The days of the big diesal bus should be over. What is needed is lots of smaller electric buses that can work faster and at more flexble times. Perhaps these should be along the lines of the Zola Budd mini bus system they had in south africa. Fred Engels was right.Over 150 years ago he said the streets around chapel street did not look like they had been swept since the day they were built still true today, but nowadays salford council have topped that up with diesel filth. in freds time ,it was just a bit of horse shit they had to put up with.

white wrote
at 19:38:11 on 04 July 2017
Which part of Worsley and Eccles? Surely not all of it.

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