Worst Air Around Largest School
11th November 2015 – Crawley Observer
Students at the largest school in town have been breathing some of the worst air in the county.
Hazelwick School, in Three Bridges, is situated in one of the most polluted square kilometres of land in West Sussex outside of Gatwick, according to statistics from Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).
The levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) being Produced by diesel cars and trucks in the Hazelwick Avenue area was listed by Defra as exceeding 25 tonnes Per Year – the highest pollution category on its map.
The NO2 levels, coupled with a high level of Particulate matter in the air, prompted Crawley Borough Council to designate the area as one of only 10 air quality management areas (AQMA) in the county. The others are in Chichester, Cowfold, Hassocks, Shoreham, Southwick, Storrington and Worthing.
The responsibility for monitoring air Pollution levels lies with Crawley Borough Council. A spokesman said the air quality was constantly monitored and the borough would be working with West Sussex County Council to deliver traffic calming measures to the area.