Friends of the Earth campaigners have found potentially harmful gas, Nitrogen Dioxide, to be extremely high and above legal limit in Bournemouth.
Co-ordinator of East Dorset Friends of the Earth, Angela Pooley says: “Needs to be addressed.”
Wallisdown Road, Castle Lane and Winton are among the 12 areas around Bournemouth that are exceeding the legal limit of air pollution.
Wallisdown Road was one of the worst areas measured, after EDFoE campaigners planted 12 test tubes around Bournemouth for the minimum of two weeks. Angela Pooley said:”Every one of them exceeded the legal limit.”
“We need to reduce how much traffic is around.”
A large amount of burning fuel being emitted from cars and other vehicles produce NO2. As a result, the highest area of concentration of NO2 in Dorset is Bournemouth.
Tom Willon from Charminster said that he can “really tell that the air has gotten worse over the years.”
Council are “reluctant to admit” problem with pollution
Angela Pooley, who is also Secretary of the Bournemouth Cycle Forum said that the council have tried to encourage cycling rather than driving with increasing amount of cycle paths. However, they are “reluctant to admit” that air pollution is a problem and there is “more they can do.”
Bournemouth Council have said that they measure the air quality consistently and over annual periods and have no evidence that exceeds the legal limits.
Cemetery Junction which was one of the sites tested by Friends of the Earth, has been measured by Bournemouth council and found to be at a reasonable level.
To find out more about what the council are doing about air quality visit: https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/environment-and-sustainability/air-quality/air-quality-in-bournemouth.aspx
See what Friends of the Earth are doing to fight air pollution: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air