Air quality at junction will be monitored

Tesco, Co-op and Co-op filling station, Market Street, Hemsworth. h1086k008
Tesco, Co-op and Co-op filling station, Market Street, Hemsworth. h1086k008
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Plans to improve the quality of the air at a busy junction in Hemsworth have been approved by Wakefield Council’s cabinet.

Cross Hill Junction has been declared an Air Quality Management Area due to the nitrogen dioxide levels in the area.

A report to cabinet stated that standing cars at the junction, near the Tesco supermarket on Market Street, were the highest source of potentially harmful fumes.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities, said: “The results from our monitoring, which has been fully approved by DEFRA, shows a need for this part of Hemsworth to reduce air pollutant levels.

“Now the order has been approved council officers will work together to produce an action plan so we can take the necessary steps to tackle the air quality issues and improve the local environment.”