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Air quality “continually improving” - report

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Air quality in the borough is “continually improving”, a report has revealed.

Dudley Council measures the quantity of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air at 45 separate sites across the borough. A major cause of air pollution, it is predominantly generated by internal combustion engines of road vehicles.

A report due to go before a council committee tomorrow night (Thu) shows the continuation of a “gradual downward trend” in the levels of NO2 in the borough.

It says in 2018 nine areas were identified as exceeding the national NO2 annual mean objective of 40.00 ug/m3 .

Monitoring to the end of 2019 shows the number of exceedances has fallen to six. All six have shown reductions in the level from 2018, with three of those now very close to the annual mean objective.

The six are Halesowen Road, Netherton; High Street, Wordsley; High Street, Quarry Bank; Birmingham Road, Dudley; Windmill Hill, Cradley; and Hall Street, Dudley.

No other air pollutants are exceeding national air quality objectives, the report says.

The report outlines a number of measures adopted by the council to ensure the improvement of air quality in the borough. They include the securing of millions of pounds worth of grants.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

Air pollution is bad for health.
Statistics show it particularly affects children and older people, the most vulnerable in our society.
A lot of hard work has gone in to driving the levels down across the borough and that is highlighted in this report.
The figures are very pleasing, although of course we recognise there is still work that needs to be done to secure further improvements.

The report will go before the Place Scrutiny Committee, which meets tomorrow (Nov19) via Microsoft Teams.

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