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Air pollution in Adur and Worthing under scrutiny

Released: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Air pollution is set to be put under the microscope by Adur & Worthing Councils' watchdog.

Following a request from a member of the public, the topic will be on the agenda on a meeting of the Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 15th February 2018.

Members of the public can submit their questions on the topic by the end of today (Tuesday 13th) by emailing democratic.services@adur-worthing.gov.uk.

Backbench councillors will also discuss the issue at the meeting in Worthing Town Hall before deciding if they wish to review it in greater detail in future months.

A background report has been created for the meeting which quotes experts who said:

“poor air quality is deemed to be the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK with a disproportionate burden borne by those in deprived areas”.

It also references that 29,000 deaths a year are related to the topic - about 5.1 per cent of those in England. The levels in Adur (4.4 per cent) and Worthing (4.9 per cent) are both below this mark.

The report notes there are three Air Quality Management Areas across Adur and Worthing where levels have exceeded the annual average for Nitrogen Dioxide: Old Shoreham Road in Southwick; Shoreham High Street; and the A27 between Grove Lodge roundabout and Lyons Farm in Worthing.

Government officials have recommended the two Adur sites be dropped as recent Nitrogen Dioxide levels have been below the average. But, due to the amount of development planned in Shoreham, council officials have recommended the Shoreham High Street zone remains.

Councillors will hear how there is no regulatory requirement on the council to carry out continuous monitoring. However, the local authority does take diffusion tube measurements at 23 sites in Adur and 39 in Worthing.

The report also notes the council works with other Sussex Authorities and West Sussex Public Health through a county-wide partnership known as Sussex-air to determine a wider approach to reducing emissions and concentrations as per Government guidance.

After discussing the report, councillors will then decide how to take the issue forward.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, which will take place from 6:30pm in the Gordon Room of Worthing Town Hall.

(PR18-027)

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