Charging points for electric vehicles and low-emission buses could all help reduce high levels of air pollution in parts of King’s Lynn.
Levels of nitrogen dioxide are high enough to cause health concern, according to a report due to go before members of West Norfolk Council’s environment and community panel.
“Indivdiauls, communities, industry, business and governments all contribute to pollution, so we can all be part of the soloution,” the report says.
The council has been measuring air pollution since 2006 and monitoring has shown that levels around Lynn town centre and the Gaywood clock are above the target. The main cause of such air pollution is traffic.
“If we can reduce air pollution to below the air quality objectives the rewards include improved human health, reduced health costs and a healthier, more productive environment. These benefits will result in a better place to live and work and King’s Lynn in particular will be a more attractive destination for visitors, “ says the report.
The European Union has threatened legal action over breaches in nitrogen dioxide levels which should have been met by 2010. The government has hinted it could pass the fines on to individual local authorities, although no decision has been taken.
An Air Quality Action Plan has been drawn-up and has 20 actions which include: encouraging use of the West Lynn ferry; altering road layouts to minimise congestion; reducing traffic on London Road and at Gayood clock.
Norfolk County Council, along with other stakeholders, will look at ways of making public transport more attractive.
The bus lane from Wisbech Road to Boal Quay could also be used by taxis and private hire vehicles in a bid to cut traffic.
“The effectiveness of the Air Quality Action Plan will be carefully monitored by measuring nitrogen dioxide levels at relevant places in the air quality management areas,” the report adds.
Charging points for electric vehicles in car parks and new developments could also be installed.
A bus partnership contract which specifies the level of emissions could also be developed.
Consultation will last for eight weeks before measures are drawn-up and adopted after approval by the Secretary of State.