Thurrock "named and shamed" by WHO over pollution stats

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Thurrock "named and shamed" by WHO over pollution stats

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THURROCK has been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation for breaching safe levels for air pollution.

Latest data shows that the borough is among nine British towns and cities where the air contains a more-than-safe level of dangerous tiny particulate matter.

Now campaigners are calling on Thurrock Council to do more to tackle the issue.

The Gazette recently reported that Thurrock came out as the fourth worst area outside of London for the number of PM2.5s in the air, which come from diesel fumes.

Jenny Bates, a Friends of the Earth campaigner said: "Air pollution is bringing death and misery to millions of people across the world. Tackling it should be an urgent priority for governments and local authorities.

"Tough measures are needed to tackle the causes of our dirty air, particularly traffic pollution.”

A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: "There is a wide range of initiatives in place to improve air quality in Thurrock, including regularly monitoring and measuring air quality and working to implement the government’s measures for reducing air pollution.

"There are 15 air quality management areas in Thurrock, where pollution levels from roads, industry, and property are measured.

"The figures quoted are from 2011 and have fallen since then, the 2012 figure, for example, was below 18 and the provisional 2013 figure is 19.

"Thurrock is well below the annual mean air quality standard of 40 ug/m-3 for PM10 and not in beach of this health standard anywhere.

"Traffic emissions, especially from heavy goods vehicles, are the major contributor to poor air quality in most of these areas, and each of the management areas have an Air Quality Action Plan."

Other towns and cities to be highlighted by WHO included Birmingham, Chesterfield, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent.

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11:07am Mon 12 May 14

coddy says...

And they talking about bringing another router over accrosee the Thames from Kent and running a shortcut for Canvey folks up the Manorway. All the more reason for Thurrock council to say no.
And they talking about bringing another router over accrosee the Thames from Kent and running a shortcut for Canvey folks up the Manorway. All the more reason for Thurrock council to say no. coddy
  • Score: 10

12:13pm Mon 12 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

no not really coddy what the article failed to mention here is that outside of london we are actually the top place in the uk for air pollution the other three sites were in london it was site pespfic if anyone remembers reading the previous article, and it referred to the test location being around the dartford crossing no bloody wonder why if you park hundreds of cars a day going slow for like what 14 years on the trot it is not rocket science u can bet your bottom **** if this was not the case we would be fine whats needed is a free moving crossing or the possiability of another one to move the traffic
no not really coddy what the article failed to mention here is that outside of london we are actually the top place in the uk for air pollution the other three sites were in london it was site pespfic if anyone remembers reading the previous article, and it referred to the test location being around the dartford crossing no bloody wonder why if you park hundreds of cars a day going slow for like what 14 years on the trot it is not rocket science u can bet your bottom **** if this was not the case we would be fine whats needed is a free moving crossing or the possiability of another one to move the traffic d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Mon 12 May 14

G.Fawkes says...

There would be less pollution if we didn't have a "traffic calming measure" every 30 yards to crawl up.
There would be less pollution if we didn't have a "traffic calming measure" every 30 yards to crawl up. G.Fawkes
  • Score: 8

11:38pm Mon 12 May 14

Bell Boy says...

measuring it is one thing, doing something about is another - Thurrock Council. What will it be like when the new port at Coryton is fully operational with 10,000 truck movements a day from the east of the borough, let alone the new Thames crossing through the middle of it. It won't matter where the readings are taken from then as the whole of Thurrock will be buggered. Enough said as I'm getting choked up just thinking about it
measuring it is one thing, doing something about is another - Thurrock Council. What will it be like when the new port at Coryton is fully operational with 10,000 truck movements a day from the east of the borough, let alone the new Thames crossing through the middle of it. It won't matter where the readings are taken from then as the whole of Thurrock will be buggered. Enough said as I'm getting choked up just thinking about it Bell Boy
  • Score: 5

12:56am Tue 13 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

yet again bell boy if the m25 flowed at 70 miles a hour here like the rest of the system did then a gianormous bottle neck how many cars use that crossing around 100,000 eaisly 100,000 cars all sitting there polluting not rocket sience if it didnt happen we would not habve the problem
yet again bell boy if the m25 flowed at 70 miles a hour here like the rest of the system did then a gianormous bottle neck how many cars use that crossing around 100,000 eaisly 100,000 cars all sitting there polluting not rocket sience if it didnt happen we would not habve the problem d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 1

6:57am Tue 13 May 14

Dave_ says...

Due to Thurrock's geography and the amount of traffic that passes through it has meant this has been a problem for years. At one time it would have been enhanced by industrial pollution.
The only solution is close the tunnels and bridge, close all the warehouses/ports.
I do feel G Fawkes does have a point about so called traffic calming, as you can drive across them and risk damaging your car or slow down, accelerate, slow down, accelerate, which decreases fuel economy and increases pollution, especially when added to the traffic crawling through the M25 bottleneck, heavy traffic on the A13, Docks Approach roads and general van and lorry traffic. BUT the single biggest contribution is the M25 bottleneck.
Due to Thurrock's geography and the amount of traffic that passes through it has meant this has been a problem for years. At one time it would have been enhanced by industrial pollution. The only solution is close the tunnels and bridge, close all the warehouses/ports. I do feel G Fawkes does have a point about so called traffic calming, as you can drive across them and risk damaging your car or slow down, accelerate, slow down, accelerate, which decreases fuel economy and increases pollution, especially when added to the traffic crawling through the M25 bottleneck, heavy traffic on the A13, Docks Approach roads and general van and lorry traffic. BUT the single biggest contribution is the M25 bottleneck. Dave_
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Tue 13 May 14

Bell Boy says...

I can't believe that traffic will be allowed to travel at 70 mph when the toll booths are removed. I reckon it'll be around 40mph, in which case tailbacks will still be likely with traffic having to slow. It would be nice if we were fully informed of how the new system is going to work and what the speed limits will be.
I can't believe that traffic will be allowed to travel at 70 mph when the toll booths are removed. I reckon it'll be around 40mph, in which case tailbacks will still be likely with traffic having to slow. It would be nice if we were fully informed of how the new system is going to work and what the speed limits will be. Bell Boy
  • Score: 0

12:43am Wed 14 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

there not ment to bell boy the bridge currently has signs up saying 50 mph no one adheres to it though, however havig that said obviously travelling at 40 constantly compared to 70 is proven to cause less emissions, also if anyone bothers to check thurrock councils air pollution statics from there testing stations little green boxes we can all see out and about the one near purfleet shows the worse i wonder why hey
there not ment to bell boy the bridge currently has signs up saying 50 mph no one adheres to it though, however havig that said obviously travelling at 40 constantly compared to 70 is proven to cause less emissions, also if anyone bothers to check thurrock councils air pollution statics from there testing stations little green boxes we can all see out and about the one near purfleet shows the worse i wonder why hey d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 0

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