Car fume pollution in Chesterfield sparks crackdown

Church Street in Brimington.
Church Street in Brimington.

Council bosses are cracking down on air pollution in a Chesterfield street blighted by exhaust fumes from queuing grid-locked traffic.

Chesterfield Borough Council is issuing an Air Quality Management Order to tackle problems faced by residents and road-users on Church Street in Brimington.

Councillor Chris Ludlow said: “Part of the council’s role is to review the air quality and we carry out regular monitoring at locations to make sure the air we breathe is safe.”

A year of detailed monitoring discovered levels of Nitrogen Dioxide were slightly higher than European target levels in an area around terraced houses.

The area is a hotspot for traffic jams which means the effects of pollutants from cars will be higher than with flowing traffic.

An order means council partners including highways authority Derbyshire County Council will work together to produce a plan to restore air quality.

But before the exact area to be covered by the order is agreed there will be consultations with residents, Brimington Parish Council and agencies.

A meeting was scheduled to take place at Brimington Community Centre last night for residents who live in the area to have their say on the issue.

Councillor Ludlow added: “We are already working with the county council to identify potential short-term and long-term solutions around traffic management.”