Object to development in Earlsfort and Moira Village - air pollution at illegal levels

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Object to development in Earlsfort and Moira village ... after an independent test revealed that our air is polluted with illegal levels of toxic gas.

A Friends of the Earth air monitoring tube which was placed on Moira Main Street for two weeks in December 2017, has revealed that pollution levels were above the level at which the annual legal limit is set.  

The European Union has set the legal limit for silent killer Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution at an annual mean of 40µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre)  ... but the monitor placed in Moira showed a shocking result of 52.7 µg/m3 ... higher than some readings recorded in London.

Exposure to NO2 can have significant negative health effects.

It is one of the UK's biggest killers, causing 40,000 early deaths  in the UK every year.
Cancer, heart disease and asthma have all been linked to poor air quality, and it’s usually the most vulnerable in society, like children, who are at the most risk.

Air pollution has even been associated with changes in the brain linked to dementia and can lead to children growing up with smaller lungs.

Road transport is the major source of the toxic NO2 in the air we breathe.

We believe that further development in the village of Moira should cease as more houses means more traffic and more traffic means more pollution and more toxic gas in our lungs and in the lungs of our children.

We strongly feel that:

1. The air quality in Moira is poor and more housing developments will only exacerbate the problem.
2. The time has come to tell the planners that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Please join us in sending a message to councillors, planners, and government departments that further development in the village is unacceptable.

Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this.

Earlsfort Residents’ Group.

1. All the results from the diffusion tubes required calibration and adjusting alongside government figures. This is called a bias adjustment. Friends of the Earth has adjusted the result for accuracy using a bias correction factor for the type of diffusion tube used.

2. An application for planning permission for the land adjacent to No’s 42 & 44 Earlsfort, Moira and No. 45 Lurgan Road, Moira has been filed with the Local Planning Office in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. (Ref LA05/2017/1125/F) These plans propose the construction of 34 new dwellings (two storey), comprising 14 semi-detached and 20 detached houses.