Llangollen Air Pollution

Pollution levels in parts of Llangollen are comparable to those found in major cities. In one location pollution is close to the legal limit, potentially putting at risk the health of residents.

Located in the picturesque Dee Valley, it is easy to assume that air pollution is something that doesn’t affect Llangollen. If you live alongside a main road in Llangollen, you may have guessed that things aren’t quite so rosey.

In January this year Llangollen Friends of the Earth deployed five Nitrogen Dioxide measuring kits. The kits measured this well known pollutant for three weeks. The results were surprising;

The European Union has set a legal average annual limit for NO2 at 40µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre). But even at low levels, short term and long term exposure to NO2 can have significant negative health effects.

One of the measurement sites is very close to the 40µg/m3 limit.

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The levels displayed in Llangollen, especially those on the A539 Mill Street and by the A5 / Castle Street traffic lights are comparable to those found in certain locations in major cities. For example; Chester, the outskirts of Liverpool, Walsall and the dockland area of Cardiff.

Although generally lower, the increased average level at the school gate compared to the community garden is likely to be due to droppping off and picking up traffic at the school.

Group member Warren Davies stated, “These readings were taken during January and February when the traffic is pretty quiet. If the rest of the year was taken into account, the average values could be much higher.”

He went on to say “There is a lot of talk about reducing emissions in London and in cities, but localised air pollution in our towns can be just as unhealthy.”

Nationally outdoor air pollution is responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK, according to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

NO2 is associated with vehicle traffic. Nationally Friends of the Earth is calling for restrictions of the dirtiest vehicles. Locally, Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth are calling on our local decision makers to consider our findings, and invest in schemes locally to reduce emissions by encouraging walking and cycling, and discouraging traffic-generating developments.

Divestment and Election videos

This Winter/Spring Llangollen Friends of the Earth are working on two main campaigns. The first is a divestment campaign, calling on the Clwyd Pension fund managers to divest from fossil fuels.

The second, in the lead up to the 2016 Assembly elections, we plan to make and distribute videos of all candidates providing us with a breif biography and setting out their priorities.

People’s march London – Nov 29th North Wales Coach

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2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris to strike a new deal for the climate – we must make our voices heard. Let’s show international solidarity in the fight for climate justice!

Join us on the North Wales Coach…

Where is the coach picking up from?

Pick up points starting at 6.30am Wrexham, Johnstown Vauxhall Industrial estate, Ruabon car park, Llangollen Market street, Oswestry Mile End roundabout, Shrewsbury Dobbies garden centre, Telford near M54. Returning around 9.30pm.

How much does a place cost?

Return cost per person is £25.

How do I book a place on the coach?

Please send a cheque for £25 per person payable to ‘Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth’, to the following address; Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth, C/O Haylaur, Regent Street, Llangollen. LL208HS. Please write your name, phone number and email address on the back of the cheque.

When is the booking deadline?

Your booking must be received by 20th November at the absolute latest. You will receive booking confirmation on 21st November. We must have 49 people by 20th November. If we do not, the coach will be cancelled and no money will be taken.

If you have any questions please contact Warren on 07525 016 503 or warren.davies@llangollenweb.co.uk .

Gasland 2 film showing

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Location: Nick Whitehead Theatre, Glyndwr University

Date: Weds 18th February

Time: 7pm

Details: A FREE screening of the “fracking” film Gasland 2 followed by a discussion on “fracking” and the local issues around Wrexham.
The event is being held in conjunction with Friends of the Earth Llangollen and Environment Glyndwr Network.
Hope you can make it.
Location: Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre, Glyndwr University (By the main reception)

Prices : Free

Contact : foewrexham@yahoo.co.uk

New practical projects YOU can get involved with!

Skills sessions at the community garden

This year the garden will focus on running skills workshops. Workshops may include; green woodworking, permaculture, herb growing and uses, and maybe even eco-building techniques.

 

 

 

 

Energy project


We will look again at energy generation in Llangollen and the Dee Valley. We will consider a variety of technologies, sites and company structures. Have an interest, any advice or experience in this area? Please come along!

 

 

 

Fracking campaigning


We will work with other groups in the area to campaign against Fracking.

Come along and join our campaign against Fracking!

Garden Open Day & Bee World Launch – 18th May 2013

Visit Llangollen community garden on Saturday 18th May and see the launch our Bee World area, find out more about the garden and enjoy a BBQ in the sunshine!

The day starts at 10am with a visit from Susan Elan Jones, who will be helping launch our new Bee World area. The BBQ will be serving food at around 1pm, with the day wrapping up around 5pm.

Community Party!

Free food and live music – Friday 25th November – 7pm start with free food until 8.30pm –  St Collen’s Community Hall, Llangollen.

Hosted by Llangollen Friends of the Earth to celebrate the start of the UN Climate Talks in South Africa.

Open invite to all!

Full resolution poster available here; English / Cymraeg.

Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

Click to download a new report produced by Mon a Gwynedd FOE: Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

This report comes with a message from Helen Lewis of Mon A Gwynedd FOE,

“The Government is currently committed to developing the trunk road system through Wales in ways designed to increase road traffic and therefore carbon emissions at a time of climate change and cuts in public services. We’re asking the Welsh Government to:

· Delay the hugely expensive Bontnewydd/Caernarfon bypass, until sustainable alternatives have been properly trialled

· Redirect the transport budget towards sustainable transport, ensuring a co-ordinated and flexible public transport system to end rural isolation and poverty.

· Use public funds wisely to invest in our young people and target the scandals of social exclusion, poverty and poor health.

Our report has been sent to all AMs. If you agree with us , please circulate this to friends and societies, and above all, contact your AM and say so. You’ll find his/her email address on http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0 Don’t let your AM get away with claiming that this isn’t their business because the Bontnewydd bypass isn’t in their constituency: this is about the wider issues of the relationship between the roads programme and carbon reduction, social justice and the responsible use of public money.

The Welsh Government’s policy document One Wales, One Planet, states: “Sustainable development as the process by which we must become a sustainable nation…is as much about social justice as it is about securing economic resilience and living within environmental limits.” That’s the principle that underlies the report- but our AMs do need encouragement to help create a socially just, environmentally responsible nation!”

Click to download the report; Economic and social costs of Road Projects in Wales

For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/M%C3%B4n-Gwynedd-Friends-of-the-Earth/146950144267?v=wall&ref=ts