Marie McCall was speaking as South Ribble Borough Council unveiled its new air quality action plan to try to tackle pollution in five areas of the district where nitrogen dioxide levels have exceeded guidelines.
FIVE POLLUTION HOTSPOTS IN SOUTH RIBBLE
These are the areas where nitrogen dioxide levels have exceeded recommended maximums since 2005 and so are now designated Air Quality Management Areas:
***Liverpool Road, Penwortham
***Station Road, Bamber Bridge
***Tardy Gate, Lostock Hall
***Turpin Green Lane, Leyland
***Victoria Road, Walton-le-Dale
TEN PROPOSED SOLUTIONS IN THE AIR QUALITY ACTION PLAN
***Encourage ‘walk to school’ schemes and other waking routes in the borough.
***Improve access to electric car charging points.
***Improve cycling routes and require secure cycle storage to be included on all relevant domestic and commercial developments.
***Consider altering road layouts within Air Quality Management Areas.
***Embed a low emission strategy into planning decisions and make air quality a consideration in every cabinet decision.
***Encourage uptake of electric taxis.
***Council to move towards electric fleet of vehicles.
***Prevent buses and taxis from 'idling' with their engines running close to schools.
***Promote 'living walls' and 'green roofs' which can enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and produce oxygen.