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Village calls for lorry diversion
A35 Chideock, Dorset
Residents have pushed for lorries to be banned on the A35
Residents of a Dorset village are calling for lorries to be banned from the A35 to cut traffic pollution.

Nitrogen dioxide levels through the village of Chideock have been recorded as exceeding EU levels and West Dorset District Council is planning to act.

The council said holiday traffic has led to the increase in pollution.

But residents have called for lorries travelling from Devon to Dorchester to bypass the village and travel via the A30 and A37 in Somerset.

The A35, which runs from Honiton, Devon to Christchurch, Dorset is routed right through the centre of Chideock.

A consultation process has been started by the council, to gain road users and villagers opinions on the pollution problem.

However, Chideock's residents hope to deter lorries from the route and have been pushing for a ban to be decided as the way to cut air pollution.

Asthma sufferers are particularly vulnerable to the air pollution, which causes several thousand deaths and hospital admissions each year in the UK, mainly in the elderly.

Sheila Pack's house is on the Chideock roadside and her neighbour suffers from asthma.

She said: "They tell us we're not going to get a bypass so traffic will just increase and therefore the fumes will increase and you feel vulnerable."

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