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Don't worry about air quality - be app-y

Published Monday, 23 July 2012

Enfield residents will be able to get up to the minute information about air quality in the borough after the Council signed up to the airText system.

The smartphone application gives air quality forecasts for all the London boroughs and could be useful for anyone who is concerned that high levels of pollution may have an affect on their health.

The information they get about air pollution from the app will help them plan journeys and decide whether to carry out certain activities that day.

The council's decision to sign up to the app comes hot on the heels  of the launch of the borough's fourth air quality monitoring station and the first in the north east of the borough.

The station at the Prince of Wales School will provide valuable information on background levels of nitrogen dioxide to help the borough develop plans on how to reduce air pollution.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Air pollution can have a very detrimental impact on the health of residents who have respiratory illnesses or conditions. The new app and monitoring station will help give residents the information they need to make informed decisions about their movements.

"We are absolutely determined to reduce pollution in Enfield and we will be developing a new strategy to improve air quality in the borough; these measures will contribute towards that work."

"The Council is doing everything it can to reduce pollution levels, but, as our main source of pollution are heavily trafficked roads, there are limitations to what can be achieved without Government intervention."

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