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October  2017 Headlines

Police called in to Cheshire East

The police are investigating fiddling of LAQM results in Cheshire East.

Broadcast plea

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has encouraged leading TV and radio broadcasters to work with him to help inform Londoners about poor air quality through their news and weather bulletins so they can take action to protect themselves from its harmful effects.

Scotland consults on LEZ framework

The Scottish Programme for Government – much like Westminster’s Queen’s Speech – has pledged to introduce four low emission zones by 2020. The first is set to be Glasgow.

Edinburgh moots diesel penalty

Edinburgh is considering introducing a surcharge for parking diesel vehicles.

Limited hours no safeguard for STORs

The Institute of Air Quality Management is warning that mini generating stations should not be exempted from pollution regulations just because they work for a few hours a year.

Jenkins moves to Phlorum

Nigel Jenkins has joined Phlorum Consultants based in Brighton as a principal air quality consultant.

Helpful limit lifted

A speed limit imposed to improve road safety had the effect of improving air quality in Dover. But Highway England is removing it in favour of intermittent controls.

Highways info

Several months later than required by law, Highways England has responded to AQB’s freedom of information request on its claimed monitoring and air quality performance.

Highways info

Several months later than required by law, Highways England has responded to AQB’s freedom of information request on its claimed monitoring and air quality performance.

Canterbury local plan case fails

A Canterbury resident has failed in her attempt to challenge the local plan and an urban extension. She applied for a Judicial Review claiming the plan and development failed to properly take account of air pollution.

Dartford in limbo due to plan modelling errors

Despite having high pollution levels, and expecting to be included in the list of authorities required to introduce additional measures, Dartford has not been told to take further action.

Airport modelling

The US Transport Research Board has released guidance for selecting and applying dispersion models to study local air quality health impacts resulting from airport-related emissions.

Wellbeing in

The Welsh Wellbeing Act has become law.

Diesel eroded

The CO2 benefits of diesel over petrol are overstated, says Transport & Environment (T&E).

Schools chosen for audits

The London Mayor has re-announced his plans for 50 air quality audits of polluted London schools. He first announced the policy earlier this year (AQB February P4) but has now outlined which schools are included.

School no-go zone

Croydon has taken the draconian step of introducing a no-drive zone outside two of its schools.

Taxi emissions

The High Court has struck out a claim for judicial review brought by the Bristol Blue Licensed Taxi Association against Bristol City Council’s decision to introduce a new policy that imposes more stringent emissions standards on licensed vehicles.

Uber over?

Uber’s news that it intends to move towards low emission vehicles has been over shadowed by TfL threats to suspend its licence.

Highbury Fields BBQ action draws nearer

Islington residents continue to complain about smoke from barbecues on Highbury Fields in London. They say a private nuisance action could start soon.

More NO2 for Sheffield Tinsley

Despite high profile arguments against building of a traffic-generating Ikea near Sheffield’s polluted Tinsley AQMA, the council has now approved a £300m extension to the Meadowhall shopping centre.

ICCT meta-analyses conformity factors

The International Council on Clean Transportation has carried out an analysis of more than 500 Euro 5 & 6 cars to compare them with standards.

NPL relaunch

NPL is to relaunch with an increased focus on air pollution and climate change. It recently pulled out of noise measurement.

Aarhus rethink

Clientearth, RSPB and FoE have won a favourable High Court ruling on costs for environmental cases.

LEZs not clean air zones

Scotland is consulting on the shape of low emission zones which it hopes will delver clean air.

glasgow set to be first low emission zone

Chicken and the egg. Scottish Government has pledged to have an LEZ in by 2018 – but needs a local authority to put itself up for that with uncertain funding. Who blinks first?

Schools front air quality concerns

Polluted inner city schools are increasingly being used as weapons in the war for hearts and minds on air quality.