Air quality in Lutterworth on the up - The Rugby Observer

Air quality in Lutterworth on the up

AIR quality in Lutterworth has significantly improved in the last year, according to newly-published data.

The Air Quality Annual Status Report, published by Harborough District Council (HDC), shows that levels of nitrogen dioxide did not exceed national objectives in 2018 – for the first time since 2001 when an Air Quality Management Area was declared in the town.

HDC’s lead on air quality Coun Jonathan Bateman said the improvement was down to efforts by Harborough District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and air quality consultants – including a ‘gating system’ for lorries which allows for a better flow of heavy goods vehicles through the town.

He said: “This report is very positive for Lutterworth, and the wider district, and shows that the work this council and partners have been doing is getting results.

“That said; we will continue to closely monitor air quality data going forward and will continue to work to improve air quality across the district at every opportunity.”

Two Air Quality Management Areas have been declared in the district – in Lutterworth in 2001, and in the Kibworths in 2017 – due to levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeding the annual mean air quality objective.

In the Kibworths, an action plan is being carried out following feedback from residents in the area.

A high-tech monitoring station was installed in Leicester Road, Kibworth Harcourt earlier this year to analyse hourly trends in air quality. And ongoing ‘microsimulation’ work has indicated junction improvements could have a beneficial impact on air quality in the Kibworths.

HDC is also introducing a new portable monitoring device which can deployed across the district, where required, to increase its capacity to monitor air quality.

Councillors will consider the Air Quality Annual Status Report at a Cabinet meeting on September 2.

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