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Newport increases its pollution monitoring

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More areas of Newport in South Wales will be monitored for pollution levels under council plans.

The South Wales Argus reports that the council is considering introducing a number of extra Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) on top of the nine that are already in place.  AQMAs are introduced if studies show pollution is above advised levels or close to limits.

The Argus says that among the areas which could be covered by a new AQMA are the area of High Cross near junction 27 of the M4 and Cefn Road in Rogerstone, where the report says the combination of a row of terraced housing and a high wall along the canal creates “a street canyon that traps road traffic emissions from high volumes of traffic”.

Orders could also be put in place in Caerphilly Road, Bassaleg, where emissions have been recorded as “significantly above” guidelines, and George Street – including the bridge – which the report says is “frequently congested”.

Meanwhile an AQMA in place in a small section of the centre of Caerleon since 2005 is to be expanded significantly to cover an area from the bridge to the Priory Hotel in the High Street after further monitoring found poor air quality in a wider area than previously thought.

But another order enforced on the northern part of Malpas Road in 2005 is set to be revoked after studies found pollution levels in the area are within guidelines.



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