Category Archives: Air quality

Exhaust fumes ‘killing babies’

"Up to a sixth of cot deaths may be directly attributable to pollutants from vehicle exhaust fumes, it was revealed yesterday" - news article from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. No one who reads this blog should be surprised that pollution can kill or that babies and children are among the worst affected. What might surprise you is that this news article is from 18 May 2004. This was one of the earliest reports we found in the Evening Chronicle's electronic archive covering Air Pollution, Read more [...]

Newcastle’s final air pollution plan has been watered down with no measures planned until 2021

The new plan has a smaller Clean Air Zone and no financial disincentive for private cars no matter how polluting they are. In this blog we describe the Council's final (watered-down) plan and why we think it unlikely that the relevant legal tests will be met in full without further measures in addition to those proposed. Read more [...]

Breathe – Implementation

This is the fourth and final SPACE for Gosforth blog that together make up our response to the Council’s Clean Air consultation. Our first blog set out our review of the Council’s proposed measures. In our second blog we proposed measures for the city as a whole and in our third blog we proposed measures for the Gosforth Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). In our final blog we respond to the Councils' questions about future funding and implementing air quality measures. Measures to meet Read more [...]

Horrible Haddricks – part 2

We know from our own measurements that there is space for separate, good quality walking and cycling provision at Haddricks Mill, but that the Council has chosen, contrary to its own policy and legal obligation to reduce air pollution, to prioritise high-speed and potentially dangerous vehicle movements instead. Read more [...]

Breathe – In Gosforth

This is the third of four SPACE for Gosforth blogs that together make up our response to the Council’s Clean Air consultation. In this blog we propose specific measures for the Gosforth Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) which covers Gosforth High Street, Jesmond Dene Road, Haddricks Mill Road and the Haddricks Mill junction. Read more [...]

Breathe – In the City

This is the second of four SPACE for Gosforth blogs that together make up our response to the Council's Clean Air consultation. Our first blog set out our review of the Council's proposed measures including a charging clean air zone and an alternative approach made up of a lower emission zone where non-compliant vehicles are banned and there are tolls on the city centre bridge. In this blog we propose measures for the city as a whole and specifically for the City Centre Air Quality Management Read more [...]

Air Quality – What Works?

The Government has directed Newcastle City Council to meet air quality limits in the shortest possible timescales. To achieve that, the Council must use the most effective and fastest acting measures to reduce pollution in locations where legal limits are not being met. Measures that take longer or are not as effective may also be included in the plan in addition, but not instead of, the most effective measures. We thought we would take a look to see what the evidence says. Broadly Read more [...]