Trees to improve air quality

TREES are to be planted alongside Wilton Road in Salisbury in an attempt to improve air quality.

Studies suggest that beeches may be the most effective at reducing what is known as particulate matter in the environment alongside busy roads.

If it works, councillors have suggested people could sponsor trees in memory of their loved ones for further planting projects.

At the city centre end of Wilton Road levels of particulate matter are 50 per cent higher than guidelines recommend.

“That doesn’t mean we’ve got a huge health risk,” explained Cllr Richard Clewer, who chairs the city’s air quality action group, which has £5,000 to spend.

“We have a very minor air quality problem compared with larger places, and we are seeing what we can do about it in a small way.

“We want a site as close to the St Paul’s roundabout as possible.

“And we want to install a sensor to monitor the effect of the beeches.

“If we can prove that a small, initial project has an effect, we can seek funding to do more.”

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12:32am Tue 15 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Minor? 50% higher than guidelines recommend.

"“That doesn’t mean we’ve got a huge health risk,” explained Cllr Richard Clewer"


I look forward to seeing the statistics that support that statement.

Meanwhile, from...

Air Quality Strategy for Wiltshire
2011 - 2015

"The areas of poor air quality in Wiltshire are all traffic related and it is recognised that tackling these areas is neither easy nor simple."

Traffic related indeed. So a quick recap on current plans and future proposals to ease the traffic related poor air quality...
Even more travelling by police officers and the public to get to and from the various scattered and fragmented locations that the police officers and support staff work from.
A supermarket on the already congested Southampton road (A36 trunk route) and, another two on the already congested London road.
A university technical college on the Wilton road (A36 trunk route) that should speed up the traffic on Wilton road.
Road works everywhere in the last year of the 'coalition' term, but none in the previous four years, and only in selected locations, not based upon 'safety' but location.
The loss of car parking spaces creates the good old 'hunt the car park space' trip around the city. Might get lucky, might need one or two more circuits.
So buses clogging up the roads instead of being laid up in a bus station helps?

"The current economic climate also has a significant impact on the resources which may be available to tackle poor air quality."

But we are in an 'economic recovery' according to the 'coalition' government! where has all the money gone?

"Minimise traffic delays and disruption where they cause air quality exceedances in AQMAs"


No evidence of that happening is there? Quite the reverse in fact. I recommend a forest or two to cover the 'levels of particulate matter are 50 per cent higher than guidelines recommend.'
Minor? 50% higher than guidelines recommend. "“That doesn’t mean we’ve got a huge health risk,” explained Cllr Richard Clewer" I look forward to seeing the statistics that support that statement. Meanwhile, from... Air Quality Strategy for Wiltshire 2011 - 2015 "The areas of poor air quality in Wiltshire are all traffic related and it is recognised that tackling these areas is neither easy nor simple." Traffic related indeed. So a quick recap on current plans and future proposals to ease the traffic related poor air quality... Even more travelling by police officers and the public to get to and from the various scattered and fragmented locations that the police officers and support staff work from. A supermarket on the already congested Southampton road (A36 trunk route) and, another two on the already congested London road. A university technical college on the Wilton road (A36 trunk route) that should speed up the traffic on Wilton road. Road works everywhere in the last year of the 'coalition' term, but none in the previous four years, and only in selected locations, not based upon 'safety' but location. The loss of car parking spaces creates the good old 'hunt the car park space' trip around the city. Might get lucky, might need one or two more circuits. So buses clogging up the roads instead of being laid up in a bus station helps? "The current economic climate also has a significant impact on the resources which may be available to tackle poor air quality." But we are in an 'economic recovery' according to the 'coalition' government! where has all the money gone? "Minimise traffic delays and disruption where they cause air quality exceedances in AQMAs" No evidence of that happening is there? Quite the reverse in fact. I recommend a forest or two to cover the 'levels of particulate matter are 50 per cent higher than guidelines recommend.' karlmarx
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