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Air pollution holds up Musselburgh town centre revamp

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council

Plans to regenerate Musselburgh’s High Street are being hampered by the need to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution.

East Lothian Council is concerned that improvements identified in the Musselburgh Town Centre Strategy could be “at odds” with measures needed to reduce traffic fumes.

Council leader Willie Innes (Lab) confirmed this week that no start date would be given for the regeneration scheme until the air quality issue had been fully addressed.

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It follows the recent designation of Musselburgh High Street as an Air Quality Management Area, after high levels of nitrogen dioxide were identified at various town centre locations. A report on the Musselburgh Town Centre Strategy, and the results of a recent public consultation exercise, are due to be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Tuesday.

The council has already set aside £1 million for the scheme in this year’s budget for town centre regeneration.

But the latest report says the issue of air quality in Musselburgh has taken on “greater weight” since the publication of the draft strategy.

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