Category Archives: Air Pollution

Town Centre Renewal

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Eco Sutton has been working with others to help kick-start new ideas to renew and revitalise the Royal Town Centre (RTC).

In the Parade a new street-level Library would serve as a Community Hub. Close-by a new Market Hub would act as food court drawing people into the revitalised RTC. Both would occupy vacated deep plan retail stores no longer commercially viable, and provide space for cultural and artistic activities: music, pop up stalls / cinemas, art exhibitions etc

Residents from new housing would increase footfall and 24/7 vitality. The age demographic would shift downwards. Cycling and pedestrian provision would be substantially improved linked to the revitalised transport / HS2 link and strengthened networks. In line with other major cities other than for special needs RTC housing wouldn’t include resident’s car parking.

The Passenger Interchange would encircle the now more accessible “fortress” of the TC with the shelters and stands at the top of the Parade closest to the Station using land acquired by the double loop roads and widened Mill Street but with additional stops and standings (as needed) around the Loop. The bus stands would adjoin a now enlarged and more attractive Town Square. This innovative approach to the design of the interchange would minimise and more easily disperse vehicle-borne pollution resulting in a cleaner and healthier Town.

The overall Project Objectives are to avoid a fragmented Langley – and then apply the impact of the Suburban Urban Extensions (SUEs) as a positive lever for change to knit the revitalised community into a regenerated and sustainable RTC. The consequence of linking the fortunes of Langley to RTC is compelling as if the RTC declines then the dislocation of Langley becomes more likely which in planning terms would be a huge failure for the WM.

The result is that Langley becomes a truly SUSTAINABLE urban extension and integral part of the Royal Town through its impact in securing the revitalisation of the RTC.

Community Planning Initiatives / Langley Fully Electric Park & Ride

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A key part of the Eco Sutton response to Birmingham City Council’s Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Langley Development was the provision of a green Park and Ride Facility. Eco Sutton’s vision is for fully electric shuttles to run from Langley via a new passenger station on the Sutton Park Railway Line in Walmley and then onto the Town Centre.

There would be two major benefits:

1. Avoiding a dislocated Langley and instead ensuring it was connected by green public transport to the Sutton Town Centre.

2. Avoiding the pollution and congestion of additional traffic on the already congested highways and instead providing clean non-polluting electric vehicles.

Community Planning Initiatives: Reclaiming the Highway

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Eco Sutton is campaigning for streets that belong to all users not just drivers. For example: through properly designed and managed crossings that cater for all ages and abilities, and with 20 mph speed limits to residential and community areas because being hit by a vehicle at 20 mph means you will probably survive but at over 30 mph it means you may not. So 20 mph streets are miles safer!

Eco Sutton believes that by changing behaviors in favour of pedestrians and cyclists we can all share a pleasanter greener and safer place to live.

Community Planning Initiatives: Greening Future Car Use

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As part of the Reclaiming the Highways initiative Eco Sutton is championing the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the Town. Eco Sutton is also working with the Town Council and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) for EV Charging to be integrated into the proposed Transport Interchange. EVs reduce vehicle borne pollution and make the Town a cleaner and healthier place to live.

Community Planning Initiatives / Sutton LOOP Concept

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  Description of Sutton LOOP Concept

  • The concept extends the anti-clockwise contraflow for buses that already successfully operates on Queen Street and Lower Queen Street.
  • Bus doors always face towards the Town Centre Island making access and egress safe and convenient. The removal of buses from South Parade radically opens up the comprehensive regeneration of the declining RRC.
  • Four Stops on the Bus LOOP are shown. These are: (Sutton) Station, (Sutton) Park, South Parade, and Victoria Street. Brassington Avenue remains on its present highway alignment but the curves are adjusted at either end both to reduce vehicle speed and create larger pockets of pavement for the Park Stop and also to enhance the URC.
  • The secondary vehicle (non-Bus) relief-road LOOP utilised the existing Lower Reddicroft and Reddicroft highway as a one-way loop linking via a refashioned roundabout in front of the Town Hall to Anchorage Road with a returning incoming one-way route via High Street and Mill Street. An advantage being better paved connectivity between the Old and New Towns helping to revive both.
  • The different characters of the Old and New Towns are reflected in the scale and design of the two new housing developments. Station Environs reflects the traditional scale of the Conservation Area, whilst the RRC / Markets Renewal is higher rise and contemporary in appearance.
  • The combined Hotel / MSCP on Brassington features a high-level walk / cycle-way linking to an improved Station. New access and egress ramps through the new Station CP on Brassington could be shared with the Gracechurch MSCP freeing up land and simplifying vehicle flow.
  • The Bus LOOP and RRC / Markets Renewal would be developed first and together. The HS2 C&BF Bid would justify some pump priming funding of the RRC Renewal. Station Environs and Brassington stages would follow on as confidence and funding dictated.

SUTTON LOOP: Benefits of Concept

  • Because the WHOLE Town Centre is the Interchange: this provides for more flexibility in moving and stacking buses . . . especially longer buses such as Sprint.
  • Whilst it is envisaged that smaller P&R buses would be fully electric significantly the LOOP concept disperses diesel engineered buses around the LOOP reducing the concentration of vehicle borne pollution and making the Centre a healthier place to be.
  • By increasing the number of stops around the LOOP (four are shown on the plans) opportunities emerge to make outer fortress wall of the RTC more permeable; and the “Hop On / Hop Off” LOOP Approach helps break down the current fortress walls of the post-war Centre.
  • The key RRC / Markets Development Opportunity is given an additional regenerative boost by having its own front-door bus stop. This is important because as in London and other major centres it is proposed to have limited car parking for the two new housing sites.

Can Sutton Coldfield learn from Oxford?

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One of the Eco Sutton members has found out that the schools in Oxford have a toolkit that provides lessn templates, which can lead to pupils taking action to encourage a drop in air pollution.

Below is the weblink that will take you to this information.

John Heywood

December 2017 Quality Air Results

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Cllr D Allan helps with 3rd set of air monitoring tubes

Cllr D Allan helps with 3rd set of air monitoring tubes

Eco Sutton has been reporting to Sutton Town Council each time that we have collected data on air quality, with especial reference to local schools.  Below are the results from the monitoring tubes which were up in December 2017. This has led to the possibility of a joint Eco Sutton and Town Council campaign to inform the general public about the risks their children are running; and help them to think about what they can individually do to reduce traffic pollution.


Eco Sutton Third Set of Air Quality Monitors Results 2.2.18

More on Air Quality

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MP A Mitchell with Maney Hill School pupils

MP A Mitchell with Maney Hill School pupils

This is a copy of the cutting from Sutton Observer showing our MP and Maney Hill Primary pupils at the installation of the first set of our air monitoring tubes.

On Sept 21st we met with MP Andrew Mitchell and City Councillor Andrew Hardie (Dr Hardie is a GP and serves on the City’s Health Scrutiny Committee – he has supported our work for 2 years).

We explained that the results from our second set of monitoring tubes is expected any day.  As they were up for 2 weeks during the school holidays they may show a difference in readings from the term time survey.

We were encouraged to use our data by contacts with the schools and by a report to the Town Council who part-sponsored our purchase of the tubes.

Our other sponsor was the Postcode Lottery.

Results of Air Quality Monitoring in July

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We put up the monitoring tubes on July 7th, starting at Maney Hill School, with local MP Andrew Mitchell in attendance to talk to the children about the importance of preserving our environment. Picture below.

The tubes were measuring the level of nitrogen dioxide.

The results of the analysis of the tubes (as seen in the chart below)  showed several things:

1 that the air quality in High Street (ironically outside Mr Mitchell’s office) would exceed the legal limit if the same reading was maintained all year.

2 that the next worse place that we measured was outside the Girls’ Grammar School.

3 the readings at Bishop Vesey’s School showed a noticeable difference between the reading on the main Lichfield Road and the minor Boswell Road; similarly thee was a difference between Jockey Road and Goldieslie Road opposite.

4 the readings outside the primary schools were at levels that would not cause general health concerns.

How much NO in each tube July2017

Resultsin µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre):


Tube location Date up Time up Date down Time down µ g/m3  Above or below legal limit? Number
B73 6AT 07/07/2017 08:50 21/07/2017 18:05 28.4 below No. 1 – Brassington Avenue/

Lower Reddicroft

B75 6BL 07/07/2017 09:20 21/07/2017 18:50 13.7 below No. 2 – Whitehouse Common

School, 42 Cortsmore Road


B75 6BL 07/07/2017 09:30 21/07/2017 18:50 10.5 below No. 3 – Whitehouse Common

School, 40 Cotysmore Road

B73 6LD 07/07/2017 10:25 21/07/2017 18:25 16.1 below No. 4 – Bishop Vesey School,

Boswell Road

B74 2NH 07/07/2017 10:31 21/07/2017 18:20 27.8 below No. 5 – Bishop Verey School

opposite 57 Lichfield Road

B72 1JW 07/07/2017 19:00 21/07/2017 19:25 13.1 below No. 6 – Maney Hill School,

North side

B72 1JW 07/07/2017 19:00 21/07/2017 19:26 12.3 below No. 7 – Maney Hill School

south side

B76 1XS 07/07/2017 12:40 21/07/2017 19:15 24.1 below No. 8 – Shrubbery School,

Walmley Ash Road

B76 2RD 07/07/2017 12:25 21/07/2017 19:10 15.5 below No. 9 – 51 FoxHollies Road
B74 4LD 07/07/2017 13:10 21/07/2017 18:36 14.8 below No. 10 – 189 Clarence Road
B72 1UX 07/07/2017 10:45 21/07/2017 18:10 40.4 above No. 11 – 18 High Street

by crossing

B72 1UP 07/07/2017 10:50 21/07/2017 18:15 42.7 above No. 12 – 34 High Street
B73 5PE 07/07/2017 11:05 21/07/2017 19:30 21.4 below No. 13 – 1 Goldieslie Road

(Little Ripley Nursery)

B73 5PT 07/07/2017 11:10 21/07/2017 19:34 35.0 below No. 14 – Jockey Road

(outside Grammar school)

B73 5US 07/07/2017 11:20 21/07/2017 19:40 23.2 below No. 15 – 239 Jockey Road,

St Nicholas Church and School

B73 5US 07/07/2017 11:25 21/07/2017 19:44 25.1 below No. 16 – Jockey Road,

St Nicholas School

B73 5PH 07/07/2017 18:05 21/07/2017 19:38 19.6 below No. 17 – 63 Jockey Road
B75 7PD 07/07/2017 18:25 21/07/2017 19:00 16.5 below No. 19 – 368 Rectory Road