M6 junctions 16 to 19 smart motorway pollution impact!
This document is produced for and on behalf of residents affected by the M6 noise and pollution on people’s health.
We the residents look forward to receiving your comments on the details and information expressed below.
Firstly it should be made clear the majority of residents affected support the M6 scheme in principle but want to see a positive outcome regarding the health and wellbeing of residents put in place.
They include residents in Cranage (Northwich road, Oak tree lane, Middlewich rd, Byley lane, Needham drive, Armistead way.)Holmes chapel (Middlewich road, Broad lane, Coniston drive, Cavendish way, Ravenscroft.)
Doing nothing is not an option!
The first part below looks at the Highways England environmental assessment.
Comments in brackets on environmental assessment report supplied by Highways England.
Chapter 6 Air pollution
6.1.1 States the scheme would attract more traffic and change air quality at nearby receptors.
6.5.3 States Cheshire East air quality progress report, nitrogen dioxide, Nox levels are above the national objective at all Aqma sites between 18 and 19.
6.5.10 states Cheshire East has no Pm10 monitoring sites within its boundary.
(Generally all tests listed show the NOx and Pm10 particulates are above the safe level.)
6.639 to 6.642 States all properties along the M6 will experience a worsening increase level of pollution.
Chapter 8 Noise
8.2 table shows monitoring results for oak tree lane taken on 17/6/14 from 12.45 to 15.45 (just a three hour period no reference is made to the weather conditions, or wind direction or indeed if the motorway was running normally.)
8.4.5 Says Oak tree lane is a first priority location.
8.5.6 Environmental protection act EPA 1990 under part 3 the environmental health officer can serve an abatement notice.
8.5.8 Noise policy statement for England
8.5.9 Avoid significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life. Mitigate and minimise adverse impacts on health and quality of life and where possible contribute to the improvement of health and quality of life.
8.6.39 to 8.6.47 (this section clearly indicate that the target level should be 55db and refers to the WHO guide line for night time noise to be 40db.)
Defra’s noise map referred to, show that levels along the M6 that affect properties on byley Lane, oak tree lane and Northwich road are between 65db to 74.9db.
8.9.13 States even after the proposed noise barriers are installed the level of noise is not reduced to a level that is below the significant observed adverse effect level (soael).
What can be concluded from this document?
First and foremost there is a severe problem on both the noise and pollution aspects.
That the solutions put forward are not robust enough to effectively make a significant impact.
The design manual for roads and bridges states in 4.3 environmental barriers acoustic fencing and reflective and absorptive barriers could be considered.
It would seem that not enough consideration has been taken on this section of motorway to reduce the pollution and noise levels to a safe health level.
Certainly nothing is being put forward regarding pollution other than to put it at Cheshire Easts door, and the noise barrier aspect is a token gesture at best.
Solutions both to the noise and pollution have been clearly documented by the EU and its partners in various projects in Europe.
Just over a week before the recent elections the Supreme Court ruled that the new government must take steps to tackle air pollution –which contributes to 29000 deaths a year in the UK by carrying out rigorous assessments on the impact of policy decisions on air quality.
The Supreme Court stated on the 29th April that “the new government, whatever its political complexion, should be left in no doubt as to the need for immediate action to address this issue”. The judgment also ordered the then (and now current) Environment secretary, Liz Truss, to prepare new air quality plans to bring air quality within legal limits in the shortest time possible.
We understand the department for environment, food and rural affaires (Defra) will produce a consultation document on new air quality plans required by the Supreme Court in the next few weeks.
There are a vast number of eminent expert doctors and scientists producing various documents and papers, both here and in Europe that show that people exposed to noise above 55db, for long periods of time even when asleep, can expect cardiovascular health problems and a shorter life expectancy, see the attached WHO document. The EU state the same thing along with other recognised experts.
So we start from a position of not achieving the current levels required on noise and pollution, to an even worse situation in that those levels are illegal, hence the ruling from the Supreme Court , the UK is lagging behind the EU in this matter.
Researchers at the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine have carried out the largest study of its kind to date between 2003 and 2010, involving some 8.6 million people of whom 442,560 died. They found that people exposed to daytime traffic noise above 60db were 4% more likely to die than people living with just 55db noise.
A recent R A C foundation article states that last year there were 11 million cars using diesel compared to 1.6 million in 1994, this is due to a previous government in 2001 changing the tax regime to encourage people to buy diesel rather than petrol cars, they wanted to cut the amount of CO2 being belched into the air, petrol being the worst offender.
The focus on pollution has changed from carbon dioxide to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) .
The government is potentially facing massive daily fines for missing EU levels on NO2, and ministers are under pressure to cut levels in hot spots by 2020. This article only looks at cars and doesn’t include heavy goods vehicles and there contribution to NO2 levels .
The link below shows the government’s data map and existing noise levels in 2012 which show most of the residents are above the 55db level.
Readings by residents at some locations indicate noise levels In the 70 db range,and above.
Recent revelations about car emissions being falsified (Volkswagen and others) throw computer designed pollution data adjacent to roads into serious doubt.
We the residents want to see action taken to ensure our health, and look forward to your response to the above.
This document was put together by P Wild with contributions from other residents,
Replies can be sent to sent via our Contact Cranage Parish
This document has been initially distributed to the following people
Michael E Jones – Cheshire East Leader
Les Gilbert – Councillor
Andrew Kolker – Councillor
Andrew Ross – Cheshire East Transport & Infrastructure
Caroline Simpson – Cheshire East Director of Economic Growth & Prosperity
Phil Mason – Cheshire East Senior Enforcement Office for Environmental Air Quality Protection
Fiona Bruce – MP
George Osborne – MP
Norman Lamb MP – Liberal Democrats
Lisa Nandy – Labour MP
Lillian Greenwood – Labour MP
Patrick McLoughlan – MP
Andrew Jones – MP Under Secretary of state
Mike Hodge – Cranage Parish Council Chairman
Dominque Maddon – Cranage Parish Council
Genevieve Morgan – Cranage Parish Council
Holmes Chapel Parish Council
M6 Project manager
Kate Bierne – Highways M6 Jct 16-19 smart motorway
Chris Choi ITV
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