Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is calling on the Welsh Government to take a fresh approach to tackling the problem of air pollution in Chepstow following the shocking news that the air in the town is amongst the most polluted in the UK.
Recent figures published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that Chepstow exceeded WHO guidelines, ranking alongside Cardiff and Birmingham.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Ramsay said: “Sadly, the news that the air in Chepstow is amongst the most polluted in the UK will not come as a surprise to many local residents, as so many experience the town’s traffic congestion.
“I'm disappointed by the lack of urgency on the part of the Welsh Government to work with authorities across the border and progress plans for a much-needed bypass around Chepstow.
“The current stalemate on road improvements together with other factors such as an increasing demand for housing mean that congestion and air pollution could get even worse.
“We need a fresh approach from the Welsh Government which fully engages with local residents.”