Monday, 11 February 2013

Monday meetings

Earlier today, along with a number of fellow councillors, parliamentarians and others, I attended a briefing on welfare reform, followed by a further meeting of the Remploy Action Group.

Tonight, during City Council meetings, at the Environment Committee, I highlighted concerns about air quality in the two streets in Dundee that Friends of the Earth recently highlighted as being the most polluted in Scotland - details below:

Top 10 most polluted streets for nitrogen dioxide in 2012 (figures in microgrammes per cubic meter, European standard 40): 
  • Glasgow Kerbside - 72.5 
  • South Lanarkshire Raith Interchange - 62.9 
  • Aberdeen Wellington Road - 58.8 
  • Edinburgh St John's Road - 57.9 
  • Dundee Lochee Road - 55.4 
  • Perth Atholl Street - 55.1 
  • Aberdeen Union Street Roadside - 55.0 
  • Edinburgh Queensferry Road - 54.5 
  • Dundee Meadowside - 54.5 
  • Paisley Central Road - 50.7 
Given that one side of Lochee Road at the location of concern (the junctions at Rankine Street/Cleghorn Street/Dudhope Terrace) is in the West End Ward, I asked a number of questions of council officers about steps that require to be taken to improve air quality here.