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Highland Council to tackle poor air quality in Inverness

Queensgate in Inverness Image copyright j thomas/geograph
Image caption Parts of Queensgate look set to be within the boundaries of an Air Quality Management Area

Action is to be taken by Highland Council to tackle poor air quality in parts of Inverness city centre.

The local authority said air quality in the region was generally good.

However, monitoring has suggested that there was a risk annual mean levels of nitrogen dioxide could be exceeded around Queensgate and Academy Street.

In a report, council officers said levels were not being exceeded at the moment but an action plan should be produced to tackle the potential risk.

They have recommended that next Tuesday's City of Inverness Area Committee agree that parts of the city centre be designated an Air Quality Management Area.

The designation could be in place by early next week.

Officers also said work should start on an action plan to keep pollution levels in check.

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