Air pollution in Newcastle: the six neighbourhoods with the worst air quality, including Jesmond, Heaton and Byker
Some Geordies are living with much higher levels of air pollution than others. But which areas are the worst affected?
Residents in the east end of Newcastle are living with higher levels of air pollution than their neighbours in other parts, official government estimates show.
Breathing in dirty air can increase the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease and lung cancer, and concern over these health risks has prompted many cityies across the UK to introduce or plan low emission zones.
Earlier this year, Newcastle and Gateshead introduced a clean air zone, charging those driving high polluting vehicles in the city centre or across the bridges.
The Indices of Multiple Deprivation, published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, measures local deprivation levels by analysing various factors affecting communities, such as income, health, crime and pollution levels.
The pollution data, published in 2019, estimates the concentration of four pollutants – nitrogen dioxide, benzene, sulphur dioxide and particulates – all of which can cause ill health. The higher the score, the higher the levels of air pollution in the local area. The figures show wide geographical variation in how clean the air is around the country.
But in Newcastle, there are vast disparities between neighbourhoods.
Thockley & Newburn have the lowest levels of air pollution in Newcastle, closely followed by Kingston Park & Dinnington and- perhaps surpirisngly- Airport & Woolsington.
However, which areas have the highest levels of air pollution?