Don’t breathe too deeply on your way to school

SKDC Survey machine on Wharf Road, Grantham. 559B
SKDC Survey machine on Wharf Road, Grantham. 559B
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TRAFFIC chaos in Grantham is not just affecting the town’s economy put also people’s health.

South Kesteven District Council took steps this week to set up an air quality management area along Brook Street and Manthorpe Road after breaches of nitrogen dioxide levels. The area is yards from town schools including King’s School and National Junior School.

It is only the second area in the district to breach Government air quality guidelines, the first being at Wharf Road in Grantham.

Councillor John Smith, head of the council’s healthy environment, warned: “Increased nitrogen dioxide levels can cause respiratory illness particularly amongst those already suffering from other health conditions.

“We have declared it as an air quality management area and will now draw up a plan with Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department to reduce traffic congestion.

“A similar plan has been in place on Wharf Road and levels of nitrogen dioxide are now falling.”

Councillor for St Wulfram’s Ray Wootten said he believes part of the problem is caused by long periods of traffic congestion along the Manthorpe Road route into town, leading to high emissions of nitrogen dioxide, particularly around school times.

He added: “I look forward to seeing what recommendations are put forward to Lincolnshire County Council highways to help alleviate traffic build-up in this area once the assessment is carried out.”

The district council has written to people living in the area - around the junction of Brook Street and Manthorpe Road - and the unanimous response showed people to be “concerned” or “very concerned” by the problem.

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