Action to tackle air pollution problems in Crawley proposed by council

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Air pollution problems in Crawley are set to lead to parts of the town being designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

This would centre on the Hazelwick flyover and stretch as far as Crawley Avenue’s junction with the M23, as well as covering some of Hazelwick Avenue, Gatwick Road, and Northgate Avenue.

Levels of Nitrogen dioxide from passing traffic recorded near the junction at Tinsley Close have been above the European Union limit since 2010.

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to agree to formally designate the area at a meeting on Wednesday July 8.

Once this has been done the council is obliged to carry out more detailed analysis and draw up an action plan aimed at reducing the level of air pollution.

It held a consultation on proposals for an AQMA in February and March this year.

According to the council’s website the air quality in the town is ‘generally good’, but the most significant source of air pollution in Crawley was road traffic.

For more information visit Crawley Borough Council’s website.

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The Cabinet is also set to discuss plans to restrict offices in Manor Royal being turned into flats on Wednesday night, and funding for environmental improvements to the Broadfield Barton.

An Article 4 Direction would remove permitted development rights to stop the loss of business space in the town’s prime employment zone.

Council officers could also be asked to explore if something similar can be applied to commercial floorspace in Crawley town centre.

Cabinet members will also be asked to approve an extra £50,000 funding towards improvements to the Broadfield Barton.

Proposals include repaving the precinct’s surface, replacing some of the lighting, providing new canopies, and improving the CCTV system.

The additional costs are due to retailer Morrison’s no longer contributing £20,000 after it closed its Broadfield store earlier this year, and £30,000 in increased project costs.

Currently the more than £500,000 project is being jointly funded by CBC, Safer Crawley Partnership, and Broadfield Barton stakeholders.

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