AREA Supporters’ Newsletter February 28, 2019

Dear Supporters,

We have given you a break from our letters and thought an update was due. While we are waiting for the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, to make a decision on whether the Council was right to approve New Monks Farm we have been busy with other issues and are continuing to put pressure on  the Secretary of State.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 7PM,  IN THE ROPETACKLE.

Speaker on air pollution and emissions  –  latest NO2 readings  – annual report  –  brief election of committee  – update on New Monks Farm   –  future campaigns on pollution/greening/roads

This is your chance to get involved and have your say. We welcome all new ideas

Please support Adur Residents Environmental Action

  1. INVESTIGATING AIR POLLUTION MONITORS – We have contacted a number of firms and universities to get quotes and advice. Prices range from £49 to £4,000 with degrees of reliability.
  2. FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCURACY OF THE TRAFFIC FIGURES FOR NEW MONKS FARM
  3. LIAISING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOUNDATION – They have supplied free advice on a number of issues including the unfair treatment of the Withy Patch community. They will be coming to Adur for a site visit in March. Should the Secretary of State decide to “call in” the New Monks Farm development they will assist us with legal help to put forward our side of the case.
  1. MEASUREMENT AND TRACKING OF AIR POLLUTION – We erected more diffusion tubes to measure NO2 hot spot levels, 5 in Shoreham and 5 along the A27 near the New Monks Farm site. One, near the skate park, was torn down which is a real shame as levels of NO2 near a facility with roads on 3 sides and used by children should definitely be measured. We are awaiting the results.

We have also been monitoring the readings from the 2 automatic monitoring machines, one on Shoreham High St and the other at Grove Lodge roundabout in Worthing. Interestingly, at 10am on Feb 18 Worthing readings for NO2 were 66µm, 26 above the recommended limit. The UK-Air DEFRA website has a list of cities and their NO2 and PM readings. Of the 150 listed on that day, Worthing was the 7th worst. Readings in Glasgow, Bath, Exeter, Marleybone, Hillingdon, Sandy and Hafod yr yns were worse.  PM 2.5 (the smaller particulates) levels for Worthing were 17. Put that beside Southampton at 14, Sandy at 12, Manchester at 13, Westminster at 15 and Cardiff at 11 and you can see that there is a problem at Grove Lodge. Not all cities have monitors that measure particulates. Obviously, results will vary from day to day depending on weather conditions.

In Shoreham the automatic monitor measures NO2 and PM10 (the larger particulates). During the day particulate levels are usually around 40, the legal limit. NO2 readings are coming out quite low which has been puzzling us as the amount of traffic has increased. It will be interesting to compare the results we get from our diffusion tubes with the NO2 readings from the automatic monitor. The machine on the High St was second hand from Worthing and has had a number of problems.

If you fancy keeping an eye on readings in Worthing and Shoreham go to Sussex Air which does both sites or UK-Air DEFRA, which compares many sites across Britain. It would be really helpful if you kept a record of some of your findings.

Developer Consultation – Hyde New Homes

THURSDAY MARCH 7, FROM 3-8

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We hope to see all of you at the AGM. Join us at the market on March 9 where we will be distributing our latest flyer. And please spread the word that NEW MONKS FARM IS NOT A DONE DEAL, as many people seem to think.

WITH THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The Committee – Barb, Alan, Chrissie, Bill, Pat, Pattie, Gerard, Geoff, Jenny

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