Town’s air ‘as bad as London’s’

Vehicle fumes contribute towards deadly air pollution.

Vehicle fumes contribute towards deadly air pollution.

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Council chiefs have hit back after a global health body said residents in Chesterfield were at risk from dangerously high levels of air pollution.

The area was named and shamed alongside eight other UK towns and cities – including London, Birmingham and Sheffield – in a danger list compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, Chesterfield Borough Council said WHO’s findings were based on data from 2011 and insisted its most recent analysis showed air quality in the town had improved. WHO’s study comes after Public Health England warned dirty air could be killing 400 people every year in Derbyshire.

 

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