Areas in the city with the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in 2011Middle of North Street – 79 microgrammes per cubic metre
Viaduct Terrace, Viaduct Road – 70.9
Lower North Street – 65.9
Lewes Road, south of Vogue Gyratory – 65.5
Oxford Street, near London Road – 65.4
Marlborough Place – 61.5
New England Road, near Argyle Road – 58
Western Road, west of Churchill Square – 57.7
Queens Road, north of the Clock Tower – 55.8
East Old Shoreham Road – 54.4
LEGAL LIMIT – 40
So, what’s to do? This isn’t a hypothetical, it’s for real. So here’s an idea. How about telling the locals what’s going on, spelling out the mega fines which could be heading our way, and, in the best democratic tradition, giving people a choice of which option they’d prefer. Here are some suggestions:
- Do Nothing: Pay the fines, cut other services – like support for vulnerable people, cutting library opening times, reducing rubbish collection.
- Introduce bans on odd and even number plates on alternate days, as has happened in Rome (when this was tried in Athens, apparently loads of drivers went out and bought another car, with the other number plate.
- Introduce a Low Emission Zone that would ban high pollution vehicles from the affected areas.
- Introduce a congestion charge for Brighton and Hove
- Support more schemes that encourage modal shift and active travel, including increasing walking, cycling and buses, to reduce pollution
Seems like a no-brainer to me.