You need to be very wary when talking about pollution caused by diesel fumes. To do so is to challenge industry, and today that too often means multinational companies, and they have clout. Councils get very nervous when asked to investigate.
Suffolk Coastal District Council are no exception. When asked to investigate air quality in Felixstowe it targeted The Dooley Inn, an inconsequential pub close the docks. It found pollution levels were unacceptable so created an AQMA (Air Quality Management Area to monitor the situation. This AQMA covered part of the ground area of the pub, ignoring the heavy goods vehicles trundling around a nearby roundabout, and not properly considering the Nitrous oxide levels coming from the dockside container movements, or from the ships often regarded as the dirtiest method of transport that we have.
With The Dooley as a scapegoat we could all sit back and relax. Drink a pint there at your peril, the rest of us can relax.
As the summer slowly edges its way into this area we can expect increased levels of pollutants. Much of East Anglia is likely to be recorded as having very high levels of air pollution http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/02/smog-alert-england-wales-air-pollution-saharan-dust
In Dover sulphur levels have been reduced, so much so that their AQMA has been withdrawn. In our area we have the usual limits on communication. Published material stops in 2013, so we are no longer told. It’s likely that we will now have greatly increased pollution levels as a result of the planned Port-Centric policy now being adopted.
The town of Felixstowe lies to the east of the docks, and so receives pollution from the ships and vehicle movements. It also has pollution from many other places, including London, blown in by prevailing winds.
It may mean nothing but in the last two years twelve (12) people that I have met in Felixstowe have been diagnosed with brain tumours. That compares with a national average of 5 people per 100,000. Bad news for a town of about 30,000.
Perhaps it is time for a proper survey of the health of Felixstowe residents?