Pollution areas to be tackled

Traffic problems in Sowerby Bridge with large queues forming, due to closure of Mearclough Bridge after recent flooding damaged the bridge.
Traffic problems in Sowerby Bridge with large queues forming, due to closure of Mearclough Bridge after recent flooding damaged the bridge.

Calderdale must start at the top and be fully committed in tackling air pollution after a ruling at Calderdale’s full council.

A motion was passed for Cabinet to review the effectiveness of Calderdale’s seven air quality management areas and bring forward further proposals to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels within relevant parts of the borough.

Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said: “We have a clear obligation as a council to review the effectiveness of air quality management and take what action is needed. There is an obligation on all of us to deal with the situation.”

Coun James Baker (Lib Dem, Warley) said the ball was already rolling on this with the economy and scrutiny panel looking into pollution issues.

Councillors from Sowerby Bridge, one of the seven areas affected, said they were keen on the proposals due to the ongoing problems through the town.

Coun Marcus Thompson, (Con, Skircoat), pictured, asked the question if the Council is prepared to make the changes they can in a bid to reduce pollution.

“There is not a lot we can do but we need to monitor what is there. It is important we do what we can.”

He said that the council must look at what it can do itself, for example looking at its fleet of vehicles, Hackney carriages and other aspects it can monitor in reducing pollution and be prepared to meet the costs if it means changing them and reducing pollution.