Falkirk street has dangerous pollution levels

Pollution levels in West Bridge Street, Falkirk breach the safe levels set by the Scottish Government
Pollution levels in West Bridge Street, Falkirk breach the safe levels set by the Scottish Government
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A Falkirk street has dangerous levels of pollution, breaking Scottish and European air quality standards, campaigners claim.

West Bridge Street, recorded worse results than last year, with the average nitrogen dioxide levels at 42 microgrammes per cubic metre. The safe limit is 40 mg and the 2014 results are three microgrammes higher than the previous year.

The street also failed to meet particle matter - or dust - standards, with 19 mg per cubic metre, one mg higher than the maximum safe limit.

The pollution is recorded using permanently fixed monitors with seven throughout the area.

Emilia Hanna, of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Again Scotland’s streets are showing dangerous levels of toxic pollution. Levels show little sign of improvement with some areas, including Falkirk, getting worse.”

The charity is pushing for the Scottish Government to follow up on its Low Emmissons Strategy promise.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “Particle levels of pollution in West Bridge Street have been falling since 2009 and we note that the survey data quoted has not been finalised. We would also say that air quality can take a long time to improve and this is a short term look at the issue. We will continue to monitor the situation and work towards achieving the target levels.”