The local branch of the environmental group “Friends of the Earth”‘ has been carrying out its own independent measurements of air pollution in Windsor Road Cogan – where standstill traffic in the infamous “Cogan Dip” is creating excessive concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide and other noxious gases.
FoE Penarth activists, Anne Greagsby and Dr Max Wallis ( that’s them above , wearing the breathing masks in the photo ) visited the location where the FoE pollution testing tube was installed on a telegraph pole for a test period of four weeks.
Ms Greagsby is the Plaid Cymru candidate for the St Augustines Ward in the elections for the new Vale of Glamorgan Council – due to be elected on May 4th.
Queuing cars, buses and lorries make this location a “pollution hotspot” . The monitoring carried out at Cogan is part of a nationwide Friends of the Earth initiative- using NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) scientific diffusion tubes supplied by Gradco and will be analysed in Gradco’s specialist laboratories.
The Barry & Vale FoE group has put up similar test equipment in Dinas Powys and Barry, as well as the Cogan site – which has been so bad for so long it’s officially desigated as an Air Quality Managemetn Area – a classification which compels the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council to come up with an ‘action plan’ to tackle the problem.
FoE say that the Vale Council had moved its special monitoring equipment – which had been installed at the junction with Andrew Road – to a spot adjacent to the pedestrian crossin where the pollution levels were lower . The FoE says the council is obliged to place monitoring equipment where public exposure to pollution is highest.