Air pollution and air quality is of rising public health concern. Its an invisible threat to health not just the environment. There are several different air pollutants, but the main ones which affect our health are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5). Road transport is the biggest source of both of these.
The UK and the EU have set limits for the maximum allowed levels of different air pollutants
You can also view the most recent air quality status reports here
In Rossendale there are currently exceedances of nitrogen dioxide in two areas of the valley, Manchester Road, Haslingden near the roundabout at Tescos and near the bus station along Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. These are called air quality management areas and there is an action plan in place to work towards reducing levels in these areas. But we also need the public on our side. Please try to avoid driving along Bacup Road in Rawtenstall if you aren't stopping in the town centre and use Bocholt Way instead.
You can also do the following to help counteract and minimise the harmful effects to health from air pollution:
- Use more public transport
- Use your car less
- Walk and cycle more
- Change to an electric vehicle
- Don't have garden bonfires and only burn smokeless fuel on domestic stoves as the whole of Rossendale is a Smoke Control area (except for a few outlying rural properties)
- Car sharing
There's an interesting Public Health document titled Heath Matters Air Pollution- sources, impacts and actions
Highways England have released a recent interesting read titled Highways England-Our Strategy to Improve Air Quality
Please email [email protected] if you require further information on air quality