Vale of Glamorgan Council contractors have now installed scaffolding on the frontages or approximately half the terraced houses along Windsor Road, Cogan – the “Gateway to Penarth” .
It’s the first stage in a council-funded programme to re-vitalise the appearance of the properties and the overall impression given when entering Penarth from Cogan Hill.
The area – which includes the notorious “Cogan Dip” is notorious for being an “Air Quality Management Area” (AQMA) because of the high concentrations of traffic fumes – notably nitrogen dioxide – detected along Windsor Road.
Not only are these emissions present in the air but there is also a persistent fall-out of diesel particulates which tends to cling to the outside walls of the homes in Windsor Road. The former Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council had declared that there was “no need” for the council to do anything about air pollution in Cogan.
In 2017 the Conservative-led Vale Council looked again at the problem and said council research showed air pollution in AQMA area in 2016 was “compliant” with the Air Quality Standards “objective levels” – [PDN Note: That doesn’t mean there isn’t now any air pollution problem in Cogan – it just means it’s not as bad as it was when the AQMA area was set up there 6 years ago] .
The internal council report told councillors that “Where compliance within an AQMA occurs over a period of 3 years or more than the local authority should consider revoking the need for the continued presence of the AQMA.”.
The final decision to revoke the Windsor Road Air Quality Management Area is to be taken by the Welsh Labour Government following a review and consultation with the local communities affected. …So far, the AQMA remains in place.