Traffic pollution up for council discussion

Hipperholme crossroads, Leeds Road, Hipperholme
Hipperholme crossroads, Leeds Road, Hipperholme

Action to address the air pollution caused by traffic congestion will be discussed at the next Calderdale full council meeting.

The Calderdale Labour group will table a motion calling on the Cabinet to step up action to address air pollution, in particular in the light that no new proposals for Hipperholme crossroads have been put forward.

Explaining the motion, Labour Deputy Leader Coun Barry Collins said: “The European Court has ruled that Britain is in breach of its obligations to reduce air pollution, leaving councils like Calderdale at risk of major financial penalties. It’s estimated that more than 90 premature deaths per year within the borough are caused by air pollutants.

“Vehicle emissions are now officially listed as a Class One carcinogen, with enormous health implications for local people, young and old alike.

“That is why Labour is calling on the council to review and strengthen its present anti-pollution strategy, looking specifically at transport policy and the health impact of planning and highway decisions. In our view, the newly declared air quality management area around Hipperholme crossroads offers a real chance to help raise our environmental game.”

The issue will be discussed at the council meeting on Wednesday, December 3.