August 16, 2019 2.51 pm This story is over 56 months old

Plans to tackle Lincoln’s worst air pollution areas

Canwick Road and Broadgate have some of the highest emissions

Efforts to tackle Lincoln’s worst areas of air pollution have been outlined in new documents before councillors.

Lincoln previously had two air quality management areas covering it from 2001, however, was able to revoke one and reduce the boundary of the other in 2017.

It is currently bounded by Brayford Way, The Avenue, West Parade, Clasketgate, Broadgate and Melville Street.

The worst areas for Lincoln, modelled in 2018, are in the Canwick Road area near South Park which needs to reduce its nitrogen dioxide levels by 34%, and on Broadgate, which needs a reduction of 21% emissions.

Data showing where the most air pollution emissions come from.

According to City of Lincoln council documents around 70% of air pollution within the city comes from HGVs and busses/coaches.

Councillors will next week look at a new Interim Air Quality Action Plan for the city, which will cover 2019-2025.

It will be used while the Lincoln Transport Strategy is completed to begin some of the work already proposed within the latter.

The document says: “Public Health England advise that air pollution is the largest environmental contributor to the burden of disease that can affect the general population.

Where the current air management plan in Lincoln covers.

“Health impacts associated with air pollution include cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, respiratory disease, asthma and stroke.”

It adds that planning also has a role to play in improving and safeguarding air quality.

The authority hopes that the completion of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will solve many of the town centre issues by taking traffic outside of the town.

However, the council also wants to encourage low emissions in taxis.

As well as this it will put together an electric vehicle regarding strategy and travel plans, as well as looking at how its housing strategy can improve its boilers.

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