Pollution and our major health issue
Did you know that over 118,000 motor vehicles travel daily between J39-40 of the M1? That is over 40 million motor vehicles ever yeary and this has not dropped below 36 million since 2004. Here is the link to the figures (http://savelupsetgreenfields.homeip.net/node/1733) - they come from the government's Department for Transport website.
All this traffic is causing serious health issues to residents in this area, i.e. us. The levels of NO2 (small particulates) are above 40 µg/m3, where they cause health issues such as premature death, breathing difficulties and disease etc. This level has be set by the EU and anything above this level is illegal and is a public health emergency. These levels are shown in the M1 Junction 39-42 Managed Motorway Environmental Assessment Report (http://savelupsetgreenfields.homeip.net/node/1731). This report relates to the conversion of the M1 to a smart motorway. In the assessment report table 5.2, section 5.3.10 on page (ref 5-6) site ID MO013 is where the M1 goes over Horbury Road. In the conclusion it stated that "There are only six properties within the study area" so it went ahead because there were effectively no properties so no residents would be affected.
The Council already know that our area is above the legal limit but they produced a report which is just one big lie. In the Council's report (http://savelupsetgreenfields.homeip.net/node/1732) is looks as if level are reducing. However, the report does not mention anywhere that it was written at the time when the M1 was being converted to a smart motorway, i.e. the M1 was only 4 lanes (2x2) and a maximum speed limit of 50mph. The restrictions were present between October 2013 and December 2015, which is over two years. 4 lanes of motorway traffic travelling at 50mph produce significantly lower emission than 8 lanes of motorway traffic travelling at 70mph+ - it is easy to find the figures about vehicle speed and vehicle emissions which support what I am saying. As the figures were so different from previous years the Council should have fully investigated as the reason is so obvious. Did the Council deliberately want the report to show incorrect information. The Council has a duty to protect public health.
Any new houses on the land would put new residents deliberately in an illegal level pollution area. I have measured the distance from the M1 to where the first house would be and it is only 140 metres - I have seen reports that state that no-one should be within 200 metres of a motorway which illegal levels of pollution. Most of the remaining new housing would be within 400m of the M1, which only just lessens the risk to public health. Also, any new traffic brought in by the new housing development would also add to the already illegal high pollution levels.
Any plans for new housing with already illegal pollution levels should be stopped immediately.
What you need to do:
1. Send a letter/email to our MP ((Mary Creagh, 20-22 Cheapside, Wakefield WF1 2TF, Phone: 01924 386124, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)) and the Chief Exec of the Council Merran McRae (Wakefield Council, Wakefield One, PO Box 700, Wakefield, WF1 2EB, Email: email@example.com).
2. Raise the fact that you are living in an area where there are illegal levels of pollution (you can quote the documents.
3. Raise the fact that the Council's report is a lie - point out that it does not take into account the construction of the smart motorway.
4. Demand that any planning decisions made using data from the Council's report do not go ahead until a proper environmental study is carried out, which should be undertaken over a period of years.
5. Demand that the whole new development is suspended until the above study is complete.
6. Demand that if it looks as if there will be nothing that can be done about pollution levels in the area then the new development be pulled permanently.
7. Demand that action be taken for existing residents - we already live in an area of illegal pollution levels. Ask them to explain why it is ok for you to live in an area where your lifespan is reduced by many years and expect to suffer from long terms health problems for most of your life.
This above is a major issue.