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Council reveals Short Strand air pollution levels are too high – Ó Donnghaile

28 January, 2011

Sinn Féin Representative for Pottinger Niall Ó Donnghaile has once again raised ‘serious concerns’ about the high levels of air pollution in and around the Short Strand area.

Speaking from the area today Mr Ó Donnghaile said;

“Figures from the Council’s Health and Environmental Services Department reveal that air pollution levels in the Short Strand exceed the acceptable amount of Nitrogen Dioxide.

During a recent visit to the Short Strand by DRD Minister Conor Murphy we raised our concerns about the poor air quality in and around this part of the city and in particular from the Translink bus Depot. The Minister made clear his support for the community’s call for the depot to be relocated to a more suitable location and shared many of our concerns.

A strategic approach amongst the relevant agencies, including Roads Service and Belfast City Council, must be implemented to ensure the levels of NO2 are brought down and that tangible measures are put in place to reduce the high levels of traffic passing what is a busy residential area, which it is hoped, will be developed into a ‘carbon neutral’ residential development in the future.

We cannot rule out either the significant impact any proposed extension to the runway at Belfast City Airport may have on these already stark levels of NO2.

I am calling for an informed, time-framed response from Roads Service and Belfast City Council on what measures they have put in place through their ‘action plan’ to reduce the significant levels of air pollution in and around the area.

we must continue to do all that we can to ensure that Belfast is a healthy city which looks after citizens and protects them from such clear and obvious dangers.” CRÍOCH

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