Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Car Parking Consultation - what is planned for Frodsham

The following is an extract from the CWaC commissioned report from engineers Mott McDonald about car parking.  The report is some 42 pages in long in all.

What I've reproduced here are the specific policies suggested for Frodsham.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Air Quality checks

We had a meeting of the Protos Air Quality Forum on Wednesday this week.  This was the first meeting of the forum which had air quality data from the new monitoring station at the former Serviceman's Club site it Helsby.

Lynn and I had lobbied Peel hard to ensure we had comprehensive air monitoring in and around the estuary ahead of any development at the Protos site.  This is what led us to having a comprehensive monitoring station installed at Manor House Primary School in Frodsham.

The data from this monitoring station reported as follows on a yearly average basis.

PM 10s - 16 micro grams - against a 40 micro gram limit
PM 2.5s  13 micro grams - against a 25 micro gram limit.

PM 10s and PM 2.5s are small particulates which can cause lung inflammation and other health problems.

The monitoring of these particulates is also done on a daily basis.  The current standards allow a daily average of up to 50 micro grams and for this limit to be breached up to 35 times a year.  At this monitoring station this standard was breached only once.

This monitoring indicates that our air quality standards are satisfactory at the moment ahead of the incinerators being built.  Our wider monitoring shows that our air quality is affected by traffic pollution far more than industry.

Northern Powerhouse ...

I had the chance to speak with Rt Hon George Osborne MP this morning at the Cheshire and Wirral Conservative Conference.  George gave a speech explaining the thinking behind the Northern Powerhouse.

Cllr Pat Holder (Helsby Parish Council) and I raised with George Osborne the problems of car parking at Frodsham and Helsby stations which will only get worse on the opening of the Halton Curve - unless parking provision is greatly expanded.  George has promised to raise this issue at the highest level with Government.  This was a detail that he hadn't considered previously.

I also raised with the former chancellor the question of the Mersey Gateway tolls.  Regular commuters who use the crossing but who live outside Halton will face paying around £1,000 per year in tolls.  Whilst people are used to paying tolls in certain parts of the country - such as the Mersey Tunnel tolls - those of us in northern Cheshire have not have to factor this in to our family budgets.  George stated that he had wanted Cheshire West residents to be exempted and that we should keep pressing the issue.

Don't worry - we will!