Improving air quality in Poulton - your views needed
Published on Tuesday 15th February 2011
Feedback on plans to reduce pollution in Poulton town centre is being sought by Wyre Borough Council.
A number of measures are being proposed after Chapel Street was identified as an Air Quality Management Area with higher than normal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air.
Although this does not have an immediate effect on public health, the council is legally required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan showing how it intends to improve the local air quality in the future.
Investigations have shown the main cause to be traffic congestion with the majority of vehicles using Chapel Street as a route to other parts of Wyre.
With this in mind the following eight actions have been drawn up as possible ways forward and to keep traffic flowing:
- Encourage greater use of public transport
- Improve signage to re-direct traffic around Poulton
- Re-direct traffic along Higher Green and Station Road
- Provide off-street parking for Station Road
- Build a relief road through Hardhorn car park
- Restrict the top of Breck Road to buses and taxis only
- Replace buses with a cleaner fuelled fleet
- Stop taxis waiting on Chapel Street
The council is now looking for feedback from the public about each of these and which would be their preferred option. Alternative suggestions will also be welcomed.
Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for the environment at Wyre Borough Council, said: "It is clear that major change is the only way to improve air quality in Poulton town centre.
"We need to start taking action as soon as possible, so we have already started discussing a whole raft of suggestions with interested parties to rule out anything that could affect trade in Poulton.
"But at the same time we must consult with residents and take their views into account. All the options must be considered carefully.
"We have eight realistic proposals which we believe will dramatically reduce the congestion and improve air quality."
Feedback is welcome until 28 March 2011. The detailed action plan can be downloaded from the council's website at www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Find/74336 or read at the Civic Centre in Poulton.
Comments can be entered online, emailed to email@example.com or sent to Environmental Protection, Wyre Borough Council, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU.
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