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Glasgow City Council has approved proposals for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), at a recent City Administration Committee meeting. The proposals will improve air quality in the city centre and the aim is to have the LEZ in place by the end of 2018.

The committee also agreed that the Council would work together with the Scottish Government on the next steps towards Scotland’s first low emission zone, including appropriate funding; and that a further report would be submitted to the committee within the next 6 months, with specific draft proposals and timescales to include vans, lorries and taxis, as more detail on implementation and funding became available

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Two large green free standing installations which remove pollutants from the air have arrived in Glasgow. The CityTree is a highly visual structure which, at 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2 meters deep, is said to have the environmental benefit of up to 275 urban trees.

Created by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTree is made up of moss cultures which have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant and can capture more pollutants. Photos below show the CityTree along with information about air quality and how the CityTree works that is included on the installations.

Glasgow is the first UK city to have CityTrees installed in key city centre locations – Killermont Street (adjacent to Buchanan Bus Station) and the other on Royal Exchange Square, outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

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20160624_AirQuality01Glasgow City Council has recently installed an air quality monitoring station in Northinch Street in Whiteinch. This follows on from pressure from the local community as part of the campaign against the WH Malcolm proposal for a gasification plant on South Street.

We are awaiting a further update from the Council with regards to what is being monitored and, very importantly, when and how the data will be available. Similar stations measure PM10 and PM2.5 particulate matter, Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Nitric oxide (NO).

Air pollution is a serious public health issue in Scotland and the rest of the UK with PM10 and NO2 which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Air Quality website provides live updates on 91 monitoring stations across the country including several in the Greater Glasgow area The three locations in the west of Glasgow are:

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Hillhead_AirPollution_DemoAction Hillhead and Glasgow University Climate Action Society are calling on Glasgow City Council to take action on air quality in Glasgow.

Friends of the Earth Scotland estimates air pollution accounts for 3,500 early deaths in Scotland. With Byres Road/Dumbarton Road designated as one of Scotland Government’s pollution zone, we need Glasgow City Council to take action.

The petition calls for:

  • An up-to-date, revised Transport Strategy for the city which ensures that at the very least that air quality legal limits are met by April 2017 on Byres Road.
  • Establishment of Low Emission Zones in Glasgow as a matter of urgency.
  • Extension of electric car plug in points to include Byres Road • The introduction of specific measures to reduce traffic volumes on Byres Rd.
  • The introduction of pilot schemes in Glasgow to restrict traffic at school entrances for daily start and finish times

The local campaign group against the WH Malcolm planning proposal is also waiting to here about the outcome of a proposed petition to the Council about air pollution on South Street.

Sign the action on air quality petition now!

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GlasgowCity-20mph-zoneGlasgow City Council recently announced plans to introduce a mandatory 20mph zone in the City Centre. The area would be bounded by the River Clyde, Saltmarket/High Street, Cowcaddens Road/West Graham Street, Newton Street, Brown Street.

The proposals will help to reduce congestion, improve road safety and reduce the number of road traffic accidents and improve air quality.

There is currently a 6 week consultation being undertaken and any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details of the grounds for their objection either in writing to Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX by Monday 30th November 2015 or by email to  Objections should state the name and address of the objector, the matters to which they relate and the grounds on which the objection is made.

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