Fears over plan to cut road pollution

Queens Square in Poulton
Queens Square in Poulton

PLANS to reduce pollution problems in Poulton have been questioned by residents.

A draft proposal by Wyre Council focuses on re-directing traffic away from Chapel Street and along Higher Green and Station Road after it was revealed the level of traffic fumes on Chapel Street is above European Union guidelines.

The council must produce an Air Quality Action Plan and is calling on residents, businesses and organisations to have their say on the plans which can be viewed online.

Investigations have shown the main cause to be traffic congestion with the majority of vehicles using Chapel Street as a route to other parts of Wyre.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for the environment at Wyre Council, said: “It’s clear major change is the only way to improve air quality in Poulton town centre.

“We need to start taking action as soon as possible, so we’ve already started discussing a whole raft of suggestions with interested parties to rule out anything that could affect trade in Poulton.

“But at the same time we must consult with residents and take their views into account. All the options must be considered carefully.

“We have eight realistic proposals which we believe will dramatically reduce the congestion and improve air quality.”

Local resident Norman Irish, of Hayfield Avenue, said moving extra traffic on to Station Road is not the answer.

He said: “Pollution is obviously a major problem but I’m not sure redirecting traffic to another road will help the situation in Poulton as a whole.

“I’m not really happy with the proposal, I’m sure it is not an easy problem to solve but there must be a better way.

“I don’t think Station Road can deal with the extra traffic.”

Other pollution reducing methods highlighted in the plans include encouraging greater use of public transport and improving signage to re-direct traffic around Poulton.

Other suggestions are to provide off-street parking for Station Road, build a relief road through Hardhorn car park and restrict the top of Breck Road to buses and taxis only.

To see the plans and complete a questionnaire visit the council’s website www.wyrebc.gov.uk Comments can be e-mailed to pollution@wyrebc.gov.uk or sent to the Civic Centre on Breck Road, Poulton. Feedback is accepted until March 28.