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Hafodyrynys options under consideration

Posted on : 24 Sep 2018

Hafodyrynys options under consideration

Caerphilly county borough council has announced a shortlist of options to help tackle air pollution problems at Hafodyrynys.

The council has written to residents in the area providing an update about the ongoing work that is being undertaken to improve the air quality on Hafodyrynys Hill.

Earlier this year, Welsh Government directed the council to undertake a feasibility study to bring about compliance with agreed air quality standard in the shortest possible time. 

The council is now required to submit an initial plan by 30th September 2018, consisting of an appraisal of potential options to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels. 

The plan will also be considered as part of a report to the council’s Cabinet on 3rd October. The report sets out the options in detail and also rules out a number of undeliverable proposals based on three key criteria, (effectiveness, timescales, and deliverability) bringing the list of final options down from thirty to six.

The six options that will receive further consideration at in the next phase are:

  • Change signal timings at Crumlin Junction
  • Signalise the A472 / B4471 as a priority junction and introduce an eastbound queue detector
  • Demolish dwellings on the south side of the A472, to include Woodside Terrace, Woodside shops and Yr Adfa and realign the road
  • Peak hour HGV bans
  • Clean Air Zone / Low Emission Zone
  • Air Quality Areas (education etc)
Cllr Eluned Stenner, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection said, “I’m sure residents will welcome the news that positive progress is being made to help tackle the air pollution problems at Hafodyrynys. If our initial plan is approved by Welsh Government, the next phase of work will include traffic and air quality modelling to determine whether the options are effective in reducing air pollution. We will, of course, keep residents informed and updated as this work progresses.”
The Council is required to submit a Final Plan to Welsh Government by June 2019.

Click here to view the Cabinet report that will be considered on Wednesday 4th October -

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