HAILSHAM AIR QUALITY

Additional air quality monitoring could take place in Hailsham after the town council backed a proposal from the former Mayor.

Cllr Nigel Coltman's request that Wealden District Council conducts monitoring in the town, amid worries about levels of traffic pollution, was backed by colleagues. If this proves not possible, then the town council has agreed to approach Sussex University for assistance.

Cllr Coltman said the town council was fully committed to improve the air quality in and around Hailsham, and this request was just an initial step to tackle the environmental issue. "High levels of pollutive particles can cause a flare-up of asthma for those susceptible to respiratory conditions, leading to coughing and breathing difficulties. 

"A key cause of air pollution is traffic emissions and our town centre already sees high levels of through traffic. The resulting impact on our air quality needs to be investigated through monitoring and any issue addressed."

Hailsham Town Council is expecting to review its own environmental policy.