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Measuring particulate pollution in Cheltenham

How clean is the air we breathe in Cheltenham? The Borough Council runs a monitoring programme for Nitrogen Dioxide pollution – and many busy roads are close to exceeding the legal limit for this pollutant.

But scientists recognise that small particles – particulate pollution – are as dangerous to everyone’s health as Nitrogen Dioxide.

There are two particulate monitors in Leckhampton, run by Leckhampton and Warden Hill Parish Council, which have been running for over a year. Recently, the Borough Council has installed 9 monitors measuring particulates in Cheltenham – but they only cover the centre of Cheltenham, and, as yet, no data is being made publicly available.

So there’s a lot more to do to find out how clean our air is.

Clean Air Cheltenham wants to install 10 more particulate monitors across Cheltenham, covering more main roads and routes where there are many pedestrians and cyclists.

We need to raise £3,000 to do this.

We’ll be launching a crowdfunder to do this in early November, after Clean Air Day.

Crossing in the traffic of Gloucester Road