Leamington Spa is one of the worst places in the UK for air pollution, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has claimed in a new report on global air pollutant levels.
The research states that particularly underneath the railway bridge in Leamington there has been a considerable increase in dangerous fumes since 2010.
The area breaches the safety levels of a type of pollution known as PM2.5 which the WHO has warned is a threat to human health, particularly of the elderly and the young. Health problems such as asthma, respiratory diseases and cancer are possible outcomes of such high pollutant levels.
The ‘canyon like’ streets and high buildings of Leamington have been blamed for the pollution problems, along with the high quantity of traffic, particularly old buses and diesel cars.
With substantial building taking place and plans for more constructions in the future, it seems that this alarming pollution rate is not going to go away any time soon.
Last year, Warwick District Council published an ‘Air Quality Action Plan’. This is expected to tackle the issue by encouraging low emission vehicles and traffic management.
Councillor Matthew Western (Labour) told the Leamington Observer: “We face a massive problem here and this report serves as a timely reminder to act quickly and substantively.”