Air quality is worse than the World Health Organisation’s danger boundary for more than 97% of UK homes. www.addresspollution.org is a newly launched website which tells you the air quality for any address in the UK. The score is based on estimated particulate matter (PM size 2.5 or 10) – the small particles that enter your lungs and blood stream causing a multitude of health problems – and Nitrogen Dioxide – the gas made by burning fossil fuels which also contributes to poor health. Children and the elderly are most at risk, but they affect us all.
We used the tool to investigate addresses along the Bradford-Shipley route. We found most schools and residential areas have levels of air pollution more than double the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit.
|Air quality in Bradford-Shipley||Postcode||How bad in the UK: 0 (best) – 100 (worst)||PM2.5 (WHO Limit 5mcg/m3)||PM10 (WHO Limit 15mcg/m3)||NO2 (WHO Limit 10 mcg/m3)|
|Shipley CE Primary School||BD18 2PT||76||11.20||17.30||24.08|
|Wycliffe Primary||BD18 3HZ||78||10.86||17.21||26.46|
|Saltaire Primary||BD18 4NR||57||10.32||16.31||19.85|
|St Warburgas Primary||BD18 4RL||51||10.36||16.10||17.59|
|The Terrace Cafe Bar||BD18 4SB||84||11.05||17.91||29.10|
|Flat 100 Wycliffe Gardens (on Saltaire Road)||BD18 3JB||74||10.83||17.24||23.43|
|18 Ashdown Court, Bradford Road||BD18 3PL||97||12.39||21.56||32.53|
|Salt Beer Factory Saltaire||BD18 4DH||78||10.79||17.38||26.17|
|Coop Food Store Saltaire||BD18 4SD||76||10.75||17.22||25.48|
|High Craggs Primary||BD18 2ES||68||11.07||16.96||20.37|
|Frizinghall Primary School||BD9 4HP||67||11.07||17.08||19.70|
|Bradford Grammar School||BD9 4JP||64||10.99||16.86||19.12|
|Al Mu min School||BD8 7DA||68||11.11||17||19.99|
|One in a Million Free School||BD8 7DX||68||11.12||17.02||20.23|
|Green Lane Primary||BD8 8HT||67||11.02||16087||20.07|
|203 Manningham Lane||BD8 7HP||81||11.48||17.82||24.91|
|Consulate of Pakistan||BD1 4SJ||95||12.37||19.91||31.91|
We are particularly concerned at the asthma rates in Bradford. Air pollution contributes to a third of Bradford’s childhood asthma, but it affects all ages.
The figures above are based on the measurements made by local authorities at specific monitoring points, and estimated for addresses between them by Imperial College London.