Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine has described as ‘disgraceful” Scottish Government air pollution forecasts which show Scotland falling below levels considered safe by the World Health organisation.
The figures were released on the eve of the Lib Dem MPs meeting with UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove to discuss what actions the Government is taking to tackle toxic air levels.
Ms Jardine, whose Edinburgh West constituency has two of the three most polluted roads in Scotland, said:
‘It is disgraceful that our environmental standards have fallen so low that we are now failing to meet WHO standards of safety.
“Vulnerable people, like children or those who are pregnant, are being put in real danger and it is time to say enough is enough.
“I want to see both Governments making strong commitments to tackling polluted air. We know that Low Emission Zones are positive steps to improving air quality and it is time that they become common place in our towns and cities.
“I will be making this point to the Environment Minister and asking him to consider how local authorities can be encouraged, perhaps through the City Deals.
“We must also encourage devolved authorities to implement Low Emission Zones, and I’m currently running a campaign calling for one to be established in Edinburgh that reaches out to the west of the city.
“If we do not act, we risk this issue becoming our national shame. I will not stand by and allow these forecasts to become the norm”.