Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Christmas Is Not Good for Climate; MARKET ADDING TO EMISSIONS LEVELS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Christmas Is Not Good for Climate; MARKET ADDING TO EMISSIONS LEVELS

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local Democracy Reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com @danhollandnews

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners are "deeply worried" by pollution caused by Newcastle's Christmas markets - in one of the city's most notorious emissions hot spots.

Council transport bosses have long wanted to pedestrianise Blackett Street, which is officially the fourth worst location in the city for air pollution.

And while it is closed to traffic over the festive period to make way for Christmas market stalls and fairground rides, shoppers and families are reportedly still being exposed to illegal levels of toxic fumes.

We think far organisers council make work for Tay The diesel generators dotted around the markets to power their attractions, which also run up Northumberland Street, have been blamed for the dangerous emissions. Tay Pitman, Green Party candidate for Newcastle Central, expressed concerns about the market saying: "While it's great to see people visiting our city and supporting small businesses, we think there is far more the organisers and city council can do to make the Christmas market work for everyone.

"We are deeply worried about the number of large diesel generators around the site, very close to stalls and visitors, and the impact they will have on air pollution.

"According to monitors provided by Newcastle University's Urban Observatory, the air pollution levels on Northumberland Street are breaking legal limits every day."

there is more the and city can do to market everyone Pitman " Ms Pitman added that city centre residents had made complaints about the generators running through the night, and urged Newcastle City Council to install more mains electricity points under the pavement for future events.

However, one Christmas markets trader said that campaigners were "asking for miracles" if they wanted the generators replaced. …

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