Homes to be torn down to comply with air quality targets

Houses on one of the UK’s most polluted streets will be demolished to meet air quality targets, a council has confirmed.

The 23 homes in the village of Hafod-yr-ynys, Wales, have been given the green light for demolition following approval from Caerphilly County Borough Council last week. 

The A472 road is located in a valley linking the Ebbw valley and Pontypool, one of the few east-west routes in the area, which is prone to congestion. The row of houses, known as Woodside Terrace, faces directly onto the street and, together with the steep valley walls, creates a bottleneck for pollutants. 

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