Air quality concerns raised about Woodbridge and the A12 in Stratford St Andrew

The junction at the end of Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, is one of the Air Quality Management Areas. Pic

The junction at the end of Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, is one of the Air Quality Management Areas. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: citizenside.com

Air quality concerns have been raised about two locations in east Suffolk.

Suffolk Coastal District Council’s annual status report found that while air quality was “generally good”, a busy junction in Woodbridge, where Thoroughfare meets Lime Kiln Quay, and the A12 at Stratford St Andrew, were “of concern”.

The problems relate to the pollutant nitrogen dioxide, which can adversely affect people’s health, particularly those with heart or lung conditions. Both spots had been declared Air Quality Management Areas, with plans in force. In Stratford, it is hoped that improvements can be achieved by moving the start of the 30mph zone further out of the village.

“The report confirms that across the district our air quality remains generally good, with just two very specific areas of concern,” said Carol Poulter, cabinet member for the green environment.

“The really good news is that our monitoring reveals that the nitrogen dioxide levels within the Woodbridge AQMA has reduced in recent times, and levels recorded were below the standards set by the Government.

“This trend also continues to be seen within and around the revoked AQMA at Felixstowe with nitrogen dioxide concentrations continuing to fall due to considerable emissions reduction projects being undertaken by the Port of Felixstowe.”

The council is encouraging people to have their say on the air quality reports, which can be found at Woodbridge and Felixstowe libraries.

Comments can be emailed to here by Friday, September 8.

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