Nottingham city’s pollution levels are one of the highest in the East Midlands, with an Air Quality score of 76.
The two most harmful types of air pollution have been found in high levels in Nottingham City Centre, according to government statistics.
The city’s air quality banding is four (75-100), which is high enough to pose a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, are advised to limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said: “air pollution can stunt children’s lung growth and has been linked to asthma, heart disease and dementia.”
She added: “It’s clear air pollution is dangerous, so we need the government to take this issue more seriously and introduce bold policies to clean up our filthy air.
“We urge them to commit to World Health Organisation guidelines for fine particulate matter-the most dangerous type of air pollution.”
According to the charity Asthma UK, 61% of the 7,000 people with asthma who were surveyed said air pollution triggered their asthma.
Following this, Nottingham residents spoke out on the air pollution in the city:
As a result of the high level of air pollution, the Government have announced the £50m plan to create first all-electric bus town.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps said:
“With 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions.”
Mr. Shapps added: “This £170m package will help us to create communities which are cleaner, easier to get around and more environmentally friendly, speeding up journeys and making them more reliable.”