COGAN’S AIR QUALITY CHECKS TO CONTINUE – AND COULD SCUPPER HOUSING PLANS

The "Air Quality Management Area" on Windsor Road, Cogan is remain under eeview

The “Air Quality Management Area”  on Windsor Road, Cogan (outlined in blue) is remain under review because of high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide,

The notorious “Cogan Dip” – the section of Windsor Road running from the Brain’s Railway Bridge to Cogan Railway Station – is to remain designated as what’s called an AQMA –  an “air quality management area” – the only such area anywhere in the Vale.

This section of Windsor Road, Penarth  has been an air quality blackspot for several years because of heavy slow-moving or stopped vehicles in the so-called “traffic canyon” formed by the dip in the road and the high railway embankment running alongside

 The continuing poor air quality in the "Cogan Dip" could pole-axe any planning applications which would increase the volume of traffic using this route


The continuing poor air quality in the “Cogan Dip” could pole-axe any planning applications which would increase the volume of traffic using this route

The Vale of Glamorgan Council had hoped to lift the AQMA designation –  a designation which legally forces the council to take action to improve air quality – but it can’t lift the designation yet, because the latest air samples gathered there still aren’t good enough.

One sample showed that Andrew Road – leading off Windsor Road – had a high reading of Nitrogen Dioxide (40.3μg)  but this result was reclassified as ” kerbside” and “in compliance with the national objective”  .

After the most recent review of air quality data collected at the site, the Vale Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ has had little choice but to accept an internal report’s recommendation that the council continues to  monitor air quality at this section of Windsor Road – and leaves the AQMA in place for the time being – pending a further assessment.

That means that  concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide and “particulate matter”  (deposits of very-fine solid material emitted by diesel engines)   will continue to be monitored at the Cogan location – using automatic equipment.

The Cogan Dip isn't just used by cars with the windows wound-up - it's also walked by pedestrians of all ages

The Cogan Dip isn’t just used by cars with the windows wound-up – it’s also walked by pedestrians of all ages

It’s also now being recommended that a “permanent traffic counter” should be installed  in the vicinity of automatic monitoring equipment to enable “correlation between pollutant concentrations and traffic flow”.

The continuation of the AQMA designation could well have consequences for future planning decisions  – and could yet scupper parts of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Local Development Plan.

 Part of the design of the 34-dwelling apartment complex at Cogan Hill

Part of the design of the 34-dwelling apartment complex planned for a Cogan Hill site adjacent to Cogan Railway Station

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will now have to examine any planning applications “likely to force significant traffic through the AQMA”  – in particular near Cogan Station, impose “conditions” and carry out “air quality impact assessments” on such applications.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) proposes allowing the building of several hundred new houses in Sully, Lavernock and in Penarth itself . However if hundreds more Cardiff-bound vehicles from these new-build estates are routed along Windsor Road the council would now be forced to consider the deleterious effect on air quality in Cogan .

 

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10 Responses to COGAN’S AIR QUALITY CHECKS TO CONTINUE – AND COULD SCUPPER HOUSING PLANS

  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    “It’s also now being recommended that a “permanent traffic counter” should be installed in the vicinity of automatic monitoring equipment to enable “correlation between pollutant concentrations and traffic flow”.

    It’s an interesting and relevant point that the housing planned for Sully, Cosmeston and other areas of course can only make the air quality situation worse through increased traffic levels.

    Not long after being elected I attended a presentation given by an expert on this matter to the Vale of Glamorgan councillors.

    I was horrified when the guy said that the air quality at Cogan just scraped past the the safety limits.

    No I wasn’t horrified that it just scraped past the limits ( concerned of course) but by the fact that when questioned as to how the samples were taken, the presenter said that the readings were averaged out over 24 hours.

    This obviously meaning that levels must be through the roof at peak traffic times and the readings fiddled by averaging out through lower volume times of the day including of course through the night when there is virtually no traffic, this of course would lead to readings that gave a totally false lower average figure.

    A footnote is that a grand total of 7 councillors out of 47 in the Vale attended the presentation, two of whom were myself and my fellow Sully councillor Bob Penrose. So not even every councillor from Penarth attended, councillors who you would have thought would have been seriously concerned as to the air quality of the town that they represent..

    • David Moorcraft says:

      Thank You very much for your post and info Mr Mahoney.
      I know I’m not alone in wondering where are the voices of those who are supposed to represent Penarth.
      I wonder how many people living in Cogan (like me) will have their health adversely affected by diesel particulates as well as noxides ? .

    • Tim Hughes says:

      I am confident that the way ill health is quantifiably related to road pollution is a complex issue. I imagine masses of well tested field pollution data has been related to similar volumes of recorded ill health over many years by some of the best brains around the world and algorithms developed to model this behaviour. I assume that the type and location of equipment used to measure the pollution is properly included in this modelling. I expect that the equipment used is regularly calibrated to ensure it operates within acceptable accuracy limits.
      Pehaps Kevin you should write a paper on your suggested contribution to this field. I am sure that the experts in this field would have never thought of properly quantifying over what the duration the average should be determined.

  2. Frank Evans says:

    If I lived in Coogan or in the marina ‘bypass’ then I’d be up in arms at the amount of extra houses planned without any new roads. Traffic is a nightmare in Penarth as it is. Don’t be fooled by the council and developers saying everyone will walk or use teletransportation machines.

  3. Richard says:

    It’s not complicated. The more houses you build, the more traffic there is, the worse the air becomes. The more houses you build, the more traffic there is, the worse the air becomes. The more houses you build, the more traffic there is, the worse the air becomes. Is it getting through?

  4. Ford Prefect says:

    With the tesla effect – all the major car manufacturers are rapidly developing long range electric cars. Within 5-10 years hopefully old fashioned combustion engine cars will be a thing of the past, and the residents of Cogan and every busy road in the country can breathe safely again. Make a pledge guys – my next car will be a hybrid or a fully electric one. 29000 air pollution related deaths is unacceptable!

    • bizzilizzi says:

      It is not mentioned that close by is a primary school, a sports field and a leisure centre . All of this large number of people aiming at education and a healthy lifestyle must be affected by the pollution which will drift across the area. The children have no choice but to be at school every day and residents are similarly affected.

  5. Robert says:

    PEN where did you this information from? As an resident directly effected by this I’m extremely interested. Thank you.
    By the way, on a different topic …re our unplanted roundabout in Penarth. The VOG has ripped up the turf on the roundabout at the Sully / McDonald’s entrance to Barry and has replaced it with pregrown wildflower turf and created two large kidney shaped borders on each side of the roundabout using similar wildflower turf. Thought you might be interested.

  6. Andrew Worsley says:

    Talking about clean air etc always reminds me of the Junior School in Dinas Powys situated at a crossroads to the Murch and Dinas Powys , this school used to have a sign posted on the wall telling parents who come to collect their children not to smoke in the playground. Just outside the school gates are 4 sets of traffic lights and heavy lorries , buses , cars etc stop at these lights pumping out exhaust fumes all day long evening and night from all directions . These fumes do not stop at the school gates nor prevented by the low walls and railings , and yet ive never heard anyone complain ??? people smoking as they pick up their child is a no, no, a 10 ton truck belching out fumes as he revs his engine at the lights along with the thousands of others seems to be ignored . very strange.!!??

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