A road in Bristol where people breathe ‘the dirtiest air in the city’ will no longer have its pollution levels checked.
Campaigners are demanding an air pollution monitor in Rupert Street, in the city centre, is put back, after the city council removed due to MetroBus road works.
It is claimed ‘children’s health is put at risk’ because of the pollution on the road, where unsafe and illegal levels have been monitored.
But the council will no longer keep tabs on air quality while road works take place.
said: “It is shocking that this administration sees the monitoring of air-quality in the dirtiest part of our city as so unimportant that they could just stop for months while they dig up the city centre.
“Air pollution is a silent killer which must be taken seriously. Every day the health of children and elderly people is put at risk as they breathe dirty air.”
Studies have shown about 200 people die in Bristol every year as a result of air pollution, which can cause respiratory diseases, cancer and heart disease.
Molly Scott Cato, Bristol’s Green MEP, said: “Thousands of Bristol’s children are having their health put at risk due to high levels of air pollution in the city according to the council’s own data.
“Rupert Street experiences the highest levels of air pollution in Bristol, well above the legal and safe European limits.
“It is alarming that the council would just turn off this monitoring without sufficient warning.”
The Bristol Green Part has now launched a public survey on air quality in Bristol.
Ashley’s Green councillor Jude English added: “We want to hear what people think. We are asking as many people as possible to please complete the survey and give us your views.
“We want to know whether residents are personally affected by air pollution, whether they would support a Clean Air Zone and whether they want more cycling and walking.”