Air pollution at gridlocked town centre causes health concerns

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FEARS have been raised over air pollution in a busy town centre.

The area around Bishopbriggs Cross has a concentration of noxious gases amongst the highest in Scotland.

Residents fear that moves to build a new supermarket in the town will attract even more traffic and lead to higher levels of toxic emissions.

One anxious resident said: “These gases have the potential to cause damage to the kidneys, joints, lungs and the digestive, reproductive and nervous systems. They can also cause respiratory and cardiovascular disease and reduce life expectancy.”

The resident added: “Some time ago, a council spokesperson was quoted as saying an action plan had been incorporated to address this issue.”

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “At present we are working towards completion of the action plan, but we have to take into account strategic issues which will need further discussion with partnership agencies and organisations.”

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