There is no doubt about the damage that pollution is doing to the environment and public health –  and the problem is particularly bad in Cardiff.
Public Health Wales have stated that poor air quality is probably the second greatest health concern after smoking and is the most significant environmental determinant of health.
Recent work by Public Health Wales estimates that the equivalent of over 220 deaths each year among people aged 30 and over, in the Cardiff and Vale Health Board area, can be attributed to Nitrogen dioxide (NO) pollution with many more citizens suffering ill health as a consequence of poor air quality.
Cardiff Council has been undertaking a study into air quality as a result of a legal requirement which has been placed on the Welsh Government, which requires the Council to take action to reduce pollution levels (NO2) to the legal limit which is set out in European legislation in the shortest possible time.​

 

Cardiff Council has put forward a number of proposals which aim to meet legal limits in Castle Street, and to improve air quality elsewhere across the city.  These include:

  • Introducing electric buses, and retrofitting older buses with cleaner Euro VI engines
  • Changes to taxi licensing policy, and supporting measures for the taxi trade to upgrade from diesel to cleaner Euro 6 engines and or Ultra Low Emission Vehicles
  • Major changes to both Castle Street and Westgate Street and the city centre loop to allow for better and more efficient movement of public transport (buses) and increasing active travel capacity in the City Centre
  • Improvements to Active Travel and increased 20mph areas

To have your say on measures designed to decrease pollution in Cardiff, a consultation questionnaire can be filled in by clicking here.

In addition, a number of public events have been planned so you can view the information and ask any questions you may have with qualified staff in each area.

The following events have been planned between 11am and 3pm.

April 13th: Angel Hotel (Prince of Wales Suite – Ground floor)
April 20th: Central Library (level 3)
May 4th: Angel Hotel (Rhymney Suite – Floor 1)
May 11th: Central Library (level 3)

You can contact the Clean Air project team:
CleanAirProject@cardiff.gov.uk

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