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Stratford St Andrew: Defra calls for air quality action on A12 after pollution level is exceeded

06:00 11 July 2014

Heavy traffic is causing air quality problems on the A12 in east Suffolk.

Heavy traffic is causing air quality problems on the A12 in east Suffolk.

Experts are to draw up an action plan to combat air pollution on part of the A12 where residents are campaigning for a bypass.

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Following concerns about the air quality due to emissions from vehicle exhausts, Suffolk Coastal has been monitoring the levels of nitrogen dioxide along the A12 at Farnham, Little Glemham and Stratford St Andrew for the past three years.

Villagers are calling for a bypass to be built because they claim the road through their communities will not be able to cope with the construction traffic for Sizewell C and that, as well as traffic danger, the air quality will also get worse.

Nitrogen dixoide is known to irritate the airways of the lungs, reduce immunity to lung infections and cause the increased likelihood of respiratory problems. It can increase the symptoms of those suffering from lung diseases, such as asthma, and older people with heart disease.

The council said the surveys had shown no problems with pollutiion on the A12 except for one location at a group of four homes – Long Row in Main Road – in Stratford St Andrew, where air quality targets were consistently exceeded.

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has now said the area should be declared an official Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and the council will have to draw up plans to reduce the pollution and improve air quality.

Andrew Nunn, cabinet member for the green environment, said: “We now need to carry out a further assessment of the air quality and have to report back to Defra within 12 months.

“The council is also required to produce a written action plan within 18 months, setting out what measures we will introduce to try to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide.

“The action plan will be produced in conjunction with Suffolk County Council, which is in charge of the A12 trunk road, and will set out what measures are available to help reduce the pollution level within the area.”

Community groups and councils can send comments on the AQMA to Environmental Protection at Suffolk Coastal, Melton Hill, Woodbridge IP12 1AU, or email environmental.protection@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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4 comments

  • You'll have to put up with it! The same problem of exceeding the pollution limits has been identified in Cross st Sudbury for years and NOTHING gets done!

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    clive coleman

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Poor air quality. dangerous road ,slow and backs up quickly this bottle neck is an outdated route that cry's out for up dating. The infrastructure of the area deserves a modern road system.Besides ambulances are always being lambasted for the poor response times this road does not help this they can only go as fast as the road dictates...The surrounding villages are expanding and still all there needs are supposed to be meet by this outdated, slow,and dangerous road ..

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    love leeds

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • All a bypass will do is to shift the pollution generation a mile or so further north or south. The problem is not where the road goes but the number of vehicles on it. It is a basic law of road planning that bigger, faster roads attract more traffic. A bypass will increase the problem of pollution, not alleviate it. Instead of tarmacing over the countryside we should be investing in greener forms of transport, including improvements to the region's rail infrastructure.

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    Origami Penguin

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • "Defra calls for Air Quality action on the A12 after pollution level is exceeded" ?, does this mean that instead of spending some of our £53 million a day we pay into the EU on building a By Pass they perhaps are only going to allow a maximum of 2 vehicles an hour through to cut pollution ?

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    freedomf

    Friday, July 11, 2014

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