Clare Bailey MLA

Urgent action needed to address air pollution problem

Thursday 13 December 2018

Green Party leader Clare Bailey has said we must assert everyone’s right to breathe clean, fresh air as a government report highlighted high levels of nitrogen dioxide in breach of air quality standards at three Northern Ireland monitoring sites.

Nitrogen dioxide levels breached Air Quality Standards (AQS) at Belfast, Downpatrick and Dungiven testing sites. The three testing sites all were located close to busy roads.

Clare Bailey MLA said:

“Everyone has the right to breathe clean, fresh air. The effects of dirty air cause most damage to the health of our most vulnerable – young children, older people and those with pre existing health conditions.

“We know that on average, 550 people in Northern Ireland die from respiratory conditions linked to air pollution each year. The worrying levels of nitrogen dioxide at these monitoring sites show the scale of the air pollution problem.

“The Belfast testing site is at Stockman’s Lane which I know well as South Belfast MLA. It’s of no surprise that this busy route is an air pollution hot spot. A huge volume of cars and lorries use this road to come into and out of the city.

“We need urgent action to tackle air pollution through the provision of sustainable public transport and the promotion of active travel. The introduction of the Glider system is a positive and should improve air quality standards across the city of Belfast but additional action is urgently needed.

“This report shows that the air pollution problem persists across Northern Ireland. Citizens have a right to breathe clean, fresh air and be empowered to make sustainable and active travel choices.

“Green politicians in Government at all levels can grasp the mettle, taking the urgent action needed to address the air pollution problem across our towns and cities.”


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Notes to editors

1. DAERA Air Pollution Report

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