“Significant air pollution” in Sidmouth – update

“Where is the most polluted spot in Sidmouth? Looks like the Post Office roundabout is a contender.”

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A recent post makes it clear that certain streets in Sidmouth are subject to high levels of air pollution:

“Significant air pollution” on Sidmouth’s High Street – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Here’s further information on specific air pollution hot spots in the Sid Valley – courtesy of a VGS correspondent:

Here are readings for the Royal York Hotel: So much for sea air!

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 7.06mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
These particles, which are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, can cause asthma, respiratory inflammation and jeopardize lung functions.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 14.85mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
PM10 can cause wheezing, bronchitis and reduce lung development.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 9.91mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.
Long term exposure to even low levels of this toxic gas increases mortality rates and contributes to the development of asthma, and other respiratory issues.

Here are the readings for the Rising Sun in School St Sidford which will no doubt rise when the industrial estate arrives.

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 7.13mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 14.17mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 10.72mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.

Where is the most polluted spot in Sidmouth? Looks like the Post Office roundabout is a contender:

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 7.53mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
These particles, which are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, can cause asthma, respiratory inflammation and jeopardize lung functions.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 15.56mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
PM10 can cause wheezing, bronchitis and reduce lung development.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 16.14mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.
Exposure (for a year or more) to 30mcg leads to a 5.5% increased risk of disease related mortality.

Woodlands Hotel

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 7.19mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 14.72mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 9.71mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.

Bedford Hotel

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 7.36mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 15.47mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 15.33mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.

Peak Hill Road

Pollutant one: PM2.5
At this address, the annual average of the pollutant PM2.5 is 6.88mcg/m3. The World Health Organization limit is 5mcg/m3.
Pollutant two: PM10
The reading for PM10 at this address is 14.25mcg/m3. The limit is 15mcg/m3.
Pollutant three: NO2
The reading for N02 at this address is 6.07mcg/m3. The limit is 10mcg/m3.

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