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'We are behind the times': King's Lynn and West Norfolk CO2 emissions increased by over 16 per cent in a year

No new Air Quality Management Areas are required in the borough according to a new draft Local Air Quality Management Update report.

During a borough council Environment and Community Panel meeting on Tuesday, it was also reported that only one site within Lynn town centre's Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) reported exceedances for the annual Nitrogen Dioxide average.

However, new data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has revealed carbon dioxide emissions increased by 16.3 per cent in the area between 2016 and 2017.

Heavy Traffic heading to the Hardwick Roundabout from the Pullover Roundabout in King's Lynn
Heavy Traffic heading to the Hardwick Roundabout from the Pullover Roundabout in King's Lynn

And in 2017 alone, around 1.41 million tonnes of CO2 were released into the atmosphere, an increase from 1.21 tonnes in 2016.

Freight and passenger transport accounted for 29 per cent of this figure, which was over three per cent higher than the previous year.

Moreover, the carbon footprint of factories and service sector businesses was 43 per cent higher than in 2016.

The largest portion of CO2 in the area came from industrial and commercial activities, equating to 52 per cent.

Councillor Alex Kemp said it was "totally unsatisfactory" no new AQMAs had been set and the borough were "behind the times."

Councillor Alex Kemp
Councillor Alex Kemp

"We should have monitoring on Wisbech Road and Hillington Road", she said. "I said to the chairman during the meeting that my questions had not been answered.

"There are 40,000 early deaths a year from air pollution and yet there is a reluctance to move forward and look properly at the health of the people of West Norfolk. That has got to change."

Ms Kemp said CO2 emissions were not mentioned during Tuesday's panel meeting.

And she also suggested more trees are planted in the area after deputy leader of the borough council, Elizabeth Nockolds, had said there was a pot of £35,000 a year for new trees.

The borough council report did state the King's Lynn Transport Study is considering many transport options in the town to help ease pollution.

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