Tag Archives: air quality

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 [...]

Which works best – Tolls or a Clean Air Zone?

Newcastle City Council have released the Air Quality Feasibility Study that will be used for its forthcoming consultation. Whatever the final plan that is chosen, it must by law meet air quality limits within the shortest possible timescale. The question for the consultation therefore is how should that be achieved. Read more [...]

Roadworks, Air Quality and Disappearing Traffic

In our last blog we shared the results of the 2017 Council air quality monitoring, showing that Gosforth High Street had the highest recorded nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution in the whole of Newcastle. In this blog, we take a look at three key questions that came up in discussion following release of the 2017 air pollution figures. Read more [...]

Air Quality Update 2017

The Council has just released its Air Quality Annual Status Report 2018 and it is not looking good for Gosforth High Street. We had expected that the 2016 reading of 51μg/m3  for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) was a one-off due to the roadworks at the junction with Salters Road, but in 2017 the figure had increased again to 59μg/m3.. Both are substantially higher than the legal maximum of 40μg/m3. Read more [...]

The dangers of air pollution – Dr Chris Stenton

Dr Chris Stenton FRCP FFOM Dr Stenton is a Consultant Physician at the RVI Newcastle. His main interest is in work-related lung disease, particularly asthma, COPD and asbestosis. Here he looks at some of the history, causes and effects of atmospheric air pollution. He also considers some of the emerging evidence on several insidious consequences air pollution is connected with. In my work as a chest physician I see patients with many different types of lung conditions. Almost all lung Read more [...]

Parliamentary Cross-Party Inquiry into Air Quality Plans – October 2017

SPACE for Gosforth submitted evidence and feedback to several consultations in 2017. Here is our November 2017 response to the joint inquiry by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees into improving air quality which was launched in October 2017. Prior to this, in July 2017, after UK courts twice ruled that the Government’s plans to cut air pollution were inadequate, the Government released a new air quality plan. The aim of the cross-party Read more [...]

DEFRA / DFT Air Quality Consultation – May 2017

SPACE for Gosforth submitted evidence and feedback to several consultations in 2017. Here is the response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) joint consultation on 'Improving air quality: reducing nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities. The intention of the consultation was to seek feedback on the Government's draft plan, which set out 'proposed actions to meet air quality standards within the shortest possible time'. Read more [...]

February 2018 Policy Cabinet Meeting – Air Quality

Newcastle City Council have announced they will be holding a Policy Cabinet meeting to discuss the plan that Newcastle has been asked to create by the Government in order to ensure the currently illegal air quality in the city meets legal targets in the shortest possible timescales. This event is open to all interested stakeholders. Read more [...]