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SALFORD AIR POLLUTION KILLER HIGHEST IN GREATER MANCHESTER
 

Star date: 27th June 2014 

AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE IS KILLING SALFORD PEOPLE

A new report by Salford City Council states that air pollution is killing Salford people, with long term exposure mortality rates published by Public Health England showing the highest percentages in Greater Manchester.

Just across the Manchester Ship Canal, the Davyhulme Community Protection Camp has been set up to try and stop Peel Holdings building an incinerator, and IGas from starting another potential fracking site. The two issues are infinitely linked. Today the Camp faces eviction.

Full details here…


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In the shadow of the aptly named Chill Factore, and right under the fume factory known as Barton Bridge, the communities of Trafford and Salford have set up the Davyhulme Community Protection Camp.

In front of the Camp are two sets of high wire fencing blocking protectors from halting construction of an access road to Peel Holdings' incredibly controversial forty metre high Incinerator, also known as the Barton Renewable Energy Plant.

The plans were opposed by the local community, led by the Breathe Clean Air Group, and both Trafford and Salford Council.

Derek Antrobus, Assistant Mayor for Strategic Planning, said Salford Council had "significant concerns about the potential impact of the proposed plant on the people of Salford, due to its location and prevailing wind directions, and because of the facility's location in an air quality management area where standards are already exceeded."

Maps produced by the Breathe Clean Air Group showed that Eccles is in the front line of the plant's emissions, with Salford Quays and virtually all of Central Salford also effected. The incinerator got the go ahead from Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles in February, after a High Court challenge was lost (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Eccles hosts Salford's main air quality monitoring unit which measures all sorts of data. One measurement which is gripping scientists nationally and internationally is the concentration of fine particulates, or PM2.5, in the air which penetrates deep into the lungs.

A new study published by Public Health England this year specifically looking at Local Mortality Burdens Associated With Particulate Air Pollution, states "current levels of particulate air pollution in the UK…have a significant impact on the life expectancy of the population"…

…A report presented yesterday by Salford Council's Strategic Director for Environment and Community Safety states that Salford has the highest percentage of mortality attributable to long term exposure to particulate air pollution in Greater Manchester, with 5.4%, based on official Public Health England statistics.

Levels of Nitrogen Dioxide are also exceeded, and the report states "Poor air quality has the potential to effect everybody's health. For the majority of people who are healthy these changes are small and difficult to recognise but for some, the effects of poor air quality are more serious, as exposure to pollution can exacerbate existing health conditions including cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

"Because of the health impacts, polices within Salford should, where possible,
prioritise those measures that lead to air quality improvements…"
it adds.

Davyhulme Community Protection Camp is located right at the epicentre of a potential air pollution perfect storm.

Above is Barton Bridge, with vehicles spewing out fumes by the second. To its right is the location for the Peel Holdings Incinerator. Across the wire fences where the access road is being built, a water treatment plant is belching out yellow smoke. In the distance is the sewer works. And on the actual site of the Camp is the potential IGas fracking area. If ever a community needed environmental protection it is here.

Stacey Roberts lives in the Crossfield Estate in Eccles, which is classed as the nearest housing to the area. She's at the Camp with her mum, Elaine Roberts, who's from Irlam, to support the protectors as an eviction notice hearing is being held in Manchester County Court.

"I live just over the flyover, and I'm here because we've got to deal with the consequences of all this as we have to live here" she says "We're one of the worst areas in the country for early deaths, and as if our kids and grandkids haven't got enough to put up with there's the air quality to live with too. All this is going to make it worse. Cameron's like, `Not in my back yard', so we've got to put up with it."

Elaine lives nearer Barton Moss itself but she's here, recognising the link between what is happening in Trafford and what is happening in Salford…

"This is all going to effect us in Irlam as it's on our doorstep" she explains "It's all going to effect Irlam, Cadishead, Eccles, everywhere. We get enough stench from the sewage works that comes over the canal to Irlam and Cadishead. And, obviously we're against fracking completely anywhere, especially our area…"

Also at the camp showing support in the face of an eviction is Mason Corbishley, from the Breathe Clean Air Group, which has battled against Peel Holdings for over three years.

"I've come down to support the people here because they are doing what no-one else is doing to support the community and stop this horrible thing, along with the other polluting industries" he says "You've got the waste processing plant, the motorway above which is gridlocked at rush hour with all the fumes coming off, you'll have the incinerator pumping away, you've got the sewage works going, the methane plant going, it's ridiculous.

"We need to stop this, and that starts with the local council because they need to realise and look at the effects of these things, because whatever they pass has a cumulative effect on the community, all the industries that are here need to be looked at all together" he adds "And it's all going to blow over into Eccles.

"Already the air quality around here is poor, over the legal limits" he explains "They're doing testing in the Davyhulme and Trafford areas but also we've seen figures from Salford and it's all over the legal limits. We need to reduce these levels by utilising proper alternative energy."

As the court decides this morning whether the Davyhulme Community Protection Camp can appeal its decision yesterday to evict the protectors, Salford Council's Environment Scrutiny Committee noted the dynamite report on the city's killer air pollution and its Air Quality Action Plan, which "identifies measures to be implemented to achieve the air quality objectives".

The report cites the Greater Manchester Emission inventory "which shows that over 80% of emissions arise from transport and thus the biggest improvements are targeted at transport measures with support from planning policies" – but doesn't mention fracking once, with its thousands of truck movements a month.

The report concludes with a recommendation for the "formation of a multi-disciplinary team of senior officers to integrate air quality actions into the Greater Manchester policy framework".

But while they are talking about it and formulating `strategies', community protectors from Salford and Trafford are actually trying to do something about it. Today they may be evicted – while the councillors stay silent and commission more reports and more committees...and more Salford people die from air pollution poisoning.

 

Update 4pm - The eviction order was granted in court this morning - more details to follow...

UPDATE 2nd November 2015:

Link to great infographic on the global impact of transportation https://www.trucklocator.co.uk/global-impact-of-transportation/

Reg Howard wrote
at 1:10:32 PM on Monday, June 30, 2014
In the late 40's & early 50's, Salford had the worst air in the country,pollution from the factories and domestic chimney's was causing deadly smog and we had the highest rate of bronchial problems in the country, but then we were saved by the intervention of Dr Lance Burn, the M.O.H for Salford,who told the council that positive action was needed to alleviate this problem. We did not have paid councillors in those days,just people who really cared about our city, and so clean air came to Salford,now these paid people are killing us once again, with bad air but now call it progress !!!
 
diane steels wrote
at 2:18:55 AM on Monday, June 30, 2014
Having just spent 40 hrs at Davyhulme camp have come home with a rash on my face lips that look like a trout pout swollen headaches cant decide if it was watching that shell flare all night long or those big chimneys thatare poring yellow smoke which im told is the result of burning human effluent. whatever it is im sick........
 
Chaz wrote
at 2:18:49 AM on Monday, June 30, 2014
BRILLIANT reporting yet again you Star. Our foul and corrupt "leaders" are quite literally killing us. That doesn't surprise me. What surprises me is that my fellow Salfordians (except for a hardy few) are perfectly happy to sit on their arses and allow their children and loved ones be murdered. Yeah sure I know that most of this stuff is conducted under a media silence (thanks AGAIN to The Star) but you really have to be a bone idol loser to be ill informed in this day and age. I guess that the only good news here is that some of the most badly harmed will be the BBC staff at Salford Quays and the staff at the Peel Holdings building. I bet the BBC never told their relocating staff about the killer air hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
 
wrote
at 4:18:02 PM on Sunday, June 29, 2014
I find it hard to believe that in this day and age planners aren't by law obliged to factor the impact of air quality and long term healthy living environment assessments when approving housing developments. You only have to look around the New Pendleton/Langworthy developments to see that no consideration is given to the long term health of residents. A healthy living environment should at all times supersede a fast buck. This councils build "em up and pack "em in mentality will in the long term impact on the NHS and more importantly cost lives. Why they couldn't have designed in some trees along the roads to, a, combat traffic noise and b, create a natural green barrier to offset the toxic car emissions is beyond me, but then again trees don't generate money do they?
 
Hilda Palmer wrote
at 4:34:42 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014
Good article, great work covering all those acting to protect us all from pollution. WHO scientists say that there is no safe level of PM2.5
 
Daisy wrote
at 4:34:38 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014
we live inland and the community live between motorways which equals a pollution threat.... when will some one in our councils 'man up' and see that these ridiculous strategies are going to kill off the residents ... I see it as akin to Victorian times where it was 'grim up north'... in the 21st C surely they are not so naive to see this is about to happen again
 
Emma Brown wrote
at 4:10:49 AM on Friday, June 27, 2014
Thank you for covering this story. Let's stand together and fight these ridiculous ideas. It's a family community on both sides of the canal. Let's protect our health and that of our children.
 
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