Pathhead villagers can breathe easy

Pathhead, Midlothian

Pathhead, Midlothian

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Air quality in Pathhead has improved considerably following the connection of gas mains to the village in March last year.

The community was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in April 2008.

This was after excess levels of a pollutant, known as ‘Particulate Matter (PM-10), were discovered in the atmosphere.

More recent air quality monitoring has revealed that levels of PM-10 have significantly decreased, and this is thought to be a result of fewer residents using coal fires in their homes.

A recent meeting of Midlothian Council heard that the AQMA currently in place can now be revoked.

Councillor Lisa Beattie (SNP) said: “This report is cause for a great celebration for everyone who lives in the area, and also for this council.”

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