Roland McKinney writes a letter to the Guildford Dragon News about the risk of increases to local air pollution
Roland McKinney is a Consultant for the Effingham Residents Association Executive Committee, a founder member of Hands Off The Green Belt and Guildford GreenBelt Group. He recently wrote to the Guildford Dragon News about the risk of increasing air pollution on the busy A3.
Roland wrote “I think it is worth bearing in mind that the one measuring point in the borough that measures air pollution beside the A3 is the only one in the borough that exceeds the relevant public health standard – and has done so over a period of years. This the air quality monitoring station at Wisley.
My point is that air pollution beside the A3 is measured at only one point in the borough, and this shows that pollution levels are higher than the level considered necessary to protect public health. Because of its location, this station underestimates air pollution at this point, probably by some considerable margin.
Bear in mind too that Public Health England has estimated that 55 people within the borough die each year as a direct consequence of air pollution from within the borough. So everyone pushing more traffic onto the A3 (which is surely already beyond its capacity in peak periods) is literally asking for more air pollution.
Should someone not be asking at what cost to public health?”