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George Fussey - Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Windsor - Call on pollution levels.

March 25, 2015 2:29 PM
In Slough and South Bucks Observer, 21 March

Councillor makes call on pollution levels in his town over fears they may be reaching dangerous levels.

Eton town centre - street sign reference picture

Cllr Fussey teaches biology at Eton College as well as serving as curator at the famous school's Natural History Museum.

He raised his concerns at this month's meeting of Eton Town Council - only weeks after it was revealed that Arthur Road in Windsor was suffering pollution levels well above those official recommended.

Narrow Eton High Street with its tall, historic college buildings has a similar tendency to suffer from trapped exhaust fumes, as traffic frequently grinds to a halt while visiting drivers manoeuvre themselves in and out of parking bays as they visit the shops and galleries.

The recommended EU maximum is 40 microgrammes per cubic metre of nitrogen dioxide. Eton was briefly recorded as being above the acceptable level in 2007 although it was as low as 35 in 2011. It had crept back up to 40 when the last survey was carried out by Defra for the period 2012 to 2013.

Cllr Fussey - who is standing as Windsor and Eton's prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the General Election - said: "It is an area of concern for local residents that air quality is poor and that there is no data for 2014."

He believes that Keates Lane which feeds into the High Street could be of particular concern as cars and buses queue there at traffic lights.

The centre of Eton is also used all day by pupils and masters from the college, crossing the road on the way to and from various classes and sports activities.

The Royal Borough has been taking a number of measures to reduce traffic pollution across the area with plans to upgrade cycle lanes and install 'smart traffic lights' that only turn red when they need to.