Council's Air Quality plans aren't a solution but a sticking plaster

October 25, 2018 12:39 PM

Derby City Council have announced plans to address Derby's air quality problem - by introducing traffic management in Stafford Street.

Derby was found to have some of the worst air quality in the country. A court judgement against the Government means that Derby City Council are required to present a plan to improve this and get Derby's air back to safe standards.

After a public consultation, the Council have presented a new plan. This will reduce congestion on Stafford Street, which was identified as a pollution hotspot. But the rest of Derby will remain unchanged.

Local campaigner Tom Bull said "It's good that progress is being made regarding Stafford Street - but other areas of the city suffer with traffic congestion and poor air quality too.

"This problem affects people right across Derby and causes harm to us all. This change isn't a solution, it's a sticking plaster over one problem in the hope that people won't notice the bigger problem across the whole city.

"Liberal Democrats demand better for Derby. We need a holistic approach to improve air quality across Derby, not just one hotspot."