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Pollution plan to halt deadly emissions in Exeter

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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Exeter City Council has developed a new strategy to combat the “hidden killer” threat of air pollution.

Following research that predicts poor air quality will contribute to the death of 42 people in Exeter this year, the city council has commissioned a low emission strategy.

The main aim of the initiative is to protect residents, especially the vulnerable, from respiratory and other potentially life-threatening illnesses related to traffic pollution, the authority said.

“Air pollution can be a hidden killer and Exeter is no different to most cities throughout the UK,” said Keith Owen, lead councillor for the environment, health and wellbeing.

“We feel it is essential to examine all suitable courses of action now to reduce risks to health and ensure continued sustainable growth for the city.”

The council strategy aims to help people to switch to less polluting transport methods, encourage the use of electric vehicles, change the way deliveries are made in and around the city an fit buses with emission-reducing equipment.

A public consultation will ask residents for their views.

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  • Nikgee  |  August 29 2014, 5:09PM

    I have no objection to anywhere reducing the amount of emissions in any city anywhere. And one of the things that should be looked into the the sequencing of traffic lights. These things are the biggest menace to the motorist and emissions, especially when one or two are out of sequence with the flow of traffic. With the invention of the computer, this should have been a problem that should be made so much easier. However, I have always found Exeter to be be slightly better than some areas. The worst are Nottingham, Birmingham and Washington (Newcastle). London is improving slowly, but everywhere needs to be sorted out properly. Another big problem is unleaded fuel, as it contains up to 20% in additives which are carcinogenic in nature, compared to the leaded petrol we used to have. And the insistence of so many vehicles using Diesel pumping out tons of particulates every day... just look around you and you will find that black dust in all corners, pavements go black from it. Suddenly trams seem to be a lot more desirable...