The Cogan Air Quality Management Area is outlined in blue

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to carry out a public consultation on whether or not to revoke the Air Quality Management Area in Windsor Road Cogan.

The Air Quality management Area was set up some five years ago because of the air pollution caused by passing traffic – and diesel trains – in the area around the “Cogan Dip”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has just spent thousands of pounds cleaning up and redecorating houses in the formerly polluted area of Windsor Road, Cogan

The council says the latest report confirms that all air quality within the Vale of Glamorgan – including the AQMA in Windsor Road – “meets relevant air quality objectives”.

The council says that now there are “no monitoring sites with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations above 60µg/m3 in 2017 anywhere in the Vale of Glamorgan “.

A monitoring station in Windsor Road shows that “the annual average particulate matter PM10 concentration” [ very fine pollution produced by diesel engines] ” .. is compliant with the AQS objective” [i.e maximum, permitted level] “of 40µg/m3.”

As far as Ozone (O3) is concerned , the report states  “There are no exceedences of the 8-hour mean objective of 100µg/m3 on more than 10 days per year as set by the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQs). “. [Ozone is normally present at very high altitudes in the troposphere but when it forms at ground level – when pollution from cars reacts with Ultra Violet light  –  it can irritate human lungs]

The way things were . Children had to walk to school through the infamous “Cogan Dip” in the heart of the air pollution area.The Vale Council says two years of measurements show air quality is now “compliant” and the Air Quality Management Area is no longer needed.

However the Vale Council report says “A detailed assessment is yet to be finalised to support this decision to revoke the Windsor Road AQMA and demonstrate compliance with the air quality objectives for future years for the defined AQMA.” 

Today front-garden walls in Windsor Road, Cogan were being replaced with new brick-built ones

Next week the Vale Council’s ruling cabinet will be asked to agree that a public consultation be undertaken “on the removal of the revocation of the AQMA on Windsor Road”. [PDN Note: This sentence is a confusing and probably-erroneous double-negative].

The final decision to revoke –  or not revoke – the Windsor Road AQMA will be made in due course by the Welsh Labour Government after the public  consultation

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  1. Moreton Vallance says:

    My heart bleeds for the children . . . .

  2. Pip says:

    More to the point… Why was tax payers money used to clean up the front of these privately owned terraced houses?!?! Most of them have walls that are about to collapse, broken gates etc. so it can’t have been an aesthetics thing. The money would have been better spent replacing the rusty old bent railings further up the road opposite the roundabout to the betterment of everyone and improved the look of the area no end. Probably at a considerably less cost as well.

    • NewsNet says:

      PDN correspondents say that today the houses in Windsor Road Cogan are now having their front garden-walls replaced with new brick walls.

      • Peter Church says:

        They have all been surveyed and confirm they are Labour Voters, hence why Welsh Tax Payers money is being spent.

    • Ralph says:

      Didn’t the same thing happen in Paget Road a while back.
      Like you I’m struggling to understand why I’m contributing to the upkeep of somebody else’s private property

    • Steven says:


      • Ralph says:

        Why – Because I’m trying to understand why I’m contributing to the upkeep of somebody else’s private property.
        Stupid comment.

    • Penarthur says:

      Probably because the air pollution from our cars and deliveries has caused such damage to these properties over the years? Seems fair to me.

    • The Tax payer says:

      Yes. I must say I agree and would love to know the total cost of the works being carried out. Wish the Vale would pay for my property improvements 👍

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