Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has submitted her clean air petition to Edinburgh City Council, as part of its 'Connecting our City, Transforming our Places' consultation.
Ms Jardine launched her petition on Clean Air Day in June in response to research undertaken by Friends of the Earth Scotland, which found that St John’s and Queensferry Road were two of the most polluted streets in Scotland.
It calls on the Council to ensure that any future Low Emissions Zone introduced in the city covers the Corstorphine, Murrayfield and Queensferry Road areas.
Monday 12th November was the closing day of the council’s consultation which looks at measures to reduce pollution in the city.
Ms Jardine commented:
“Air pollution from traffic fumes has a devastating impact on health, especially for children and people with existing health problems, and it’s a real issue here in the west of the city.
“I am concerned that only introducing a Low Emissions Zone in the city centre will force even more traffic into the already congested areas in the west of the city, which suffer from heavy traffic and vehicle dumping.
“Our petition has so far gathered over 200 signatures, which just goes to shows how strongly people here feel about air quality in their area.
“I would therefore strongly urge the council to take our views into account when considering what measures to take to tackle air pollution in Edinburgh.
“The west of the city must not be forgotten.”