Medway currently has four Air Quality Management Areas which exceed the annual objective for nitrogen dioxide (a pollutant present in vehicle exhaust emissions).
The air quality management areas are:
- Central Medway
- Pier Road, Gillingham
- High Street, Rainham
- Medway Four Elms Hill,
We are now in 2019 and predatory development rampant at Chattenden, Hoo and High Halstow. There is a massive increase in warehousing at Kingsnorth with a reliance on heavy traffic all passing through Four Elms. The Council is now asking residents to help it to solve an air pollution problem the Council themselves have been complicit in creating.
In the meantime those of us that live in or pass through Four Elms continue to be exposed to exhaust emissions from vehicle traffic. The children of Chattenden and the children of the many new unsuspecting families moving into new homes close to Four Elms are being made to walk to school across this very dangerous major dual carriage way using the now two designated pedestrian crossings right at the epicentre of the air quality management area problem.
So what do we demand our council does?
I believe we should at all cost,
- Stop housing development in and around the Air Quality Management Area.
- Stop the madness of building a Rural Town at Hoo around and either side of a major dual carriageway.