Why You Won’t Be Breathing Easy Anytime Soon!

We've been told on numerous occasions that the air quality in Rayleigh's AQMA is 'marginally above the limit'. In this press release made on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Councillor June Lumley was pictured holding some diffusion tubes. She also had this to say....

And herein lies my problem. I've looked at the data for 2016 and the results are shocking. At least 7 sites in Rayleigh EXCEED the LEGAL AIR QUALITY LIMITS

Let's consider this for ourselves looking at the actual published data for air quality from the 'official' Essexair.org website.

Rayleigh Weir Diffusion Tube

Rayleigh Weir

Rayleigh Weir

12.5%

Above The Legal Limit

Eastwood Road / Websters Way

Eastwood Road / Webster's Way

Eastwood Rd/Websters Way

50%

Above The Legal Limit

Crown Hill

Crown Hill

Crown Hill

37.5%

Above The Legal Limit

12.5%, 37.5%, 50% - These don't seem like 'marginally over the limits' to me. Put simply this problem is out of control and the Tory administration have done NOTHING to either FIX or ATTEMPT TO REDUCE the dangerous levels of NO2 in our town. These are just 3 sites, there are more..... I kid you not, the problem is of an epidemic scale!

I ask you is it really any surprise to the residents that they have outright refused (and denied our residents) any further monitoring of the Rochford District, or is the problem so widespread it would highlight even further that our district is at breaking point and our residents are suffering the consequences of successive Tory administrations.

About the author James Newport

Essex County Councillor for Rayleigh North, Rochford District Councillor for Downhall & Rawreth and Rayleigh Town Councillor for Sweyne.

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