Pollution levels in Rasen high street on the agenda

Town councillors are concerned over pollution levels of traffic EMN-191123-114152001
Town councillors are concerned over pollution levels of traffic EMN-191123-114152001

Climate change and the 
environment was one of the many issues discussed at this month’s Market Rasen Town Council meeting.

Councillors applauded West Lindsey District Council for agreeing to create a strategy on sustainability and climate change.

Under the plans, West Lindsey District Council will bring itself in line with the government’s net-zero plan by 2050.

Councillors also discussed pollution levels in Market Rasen.

Coun Stephen Bunney said: “One of the questions which we need to follow through is about the pollution index.

“Interestingly, the two fixed places where pollution is measured in Market Rasen seem to somehow miss the high street. One is up on The Ridings and the other is in a residential area.

“The statistics there are not really relevant to what is 
happening on the high street.

“I understand there is a monitor which has been installed underneath the railway bridge.

“We are currently waiting for those first set of 
results to come through.

“So far, the data is on the outskirts which is not as 
severe as it would be in the centre. The next time the 
published data comes 
forward, there should 
hopefully be some more information on the high street to see where sulphur dioxide and nitrus oxide are.

“Certainly, when we look at moving forward with more to do with planning in the town, the pollution potential of the high street has to be measured in a big way.”

Coun Bunney added that on race days, the amount of stationary traffic in the town must ‘surely contribute to 
pollution levels’.