Eastbourne Hits Back At Pollution Claims

Friday 13th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Eastbourne Borough Council

There's confusion around a report which has said Eastbourne has bad pollution levels.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the town has breached safe levels of pollutants.

However, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, David Tutt, is baffled by the report, "Eastbourne has consistently remained well below UK and EU Air Quality Limits, recording levels at almost half the annual guideline of 40 micrograms per cubic metre (PM10), which is great news for the people visiting, living and working in Eastbourne.

"The latest assessment carried out in April 2016 confirmed this result based on the towns two monitoring stations, one of which is part of a National DEFRA study for PM10 and PM2.5 levels. We are concerned with the WHO findings and are currently investigating the data they have used, however these are clearly based on a different set of objectives than those used by the UK or EU.

"Eastbourne Borough Council conducts yearly assessments of air quality to ensure we meet all of our air quality objectives.

"In addition to clean air, Eastbourne benefits from its National Park gateway location, its protected built environment and clean seas, appearing in the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide, and also as the chosen location for their Big Sea Swim every July."

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