Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

Caerphilly County Borough Council has agreed to purchase and demolish 20 homes and three other buildings beside a busy road at Hafodyrynys on the grounds that it is the quickest way to deal with longstanding air-quality issues in one of Wales’ most polluted streets. The decision follows a 2018 direction from the Welsh government calling on the council to come up with a package of measures to meet the requirements of the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive.

by Jim Dunton
20 homes and three buildings will be demolished to hit air quality requirements. Photograph: Thorsten Henn/Getty Images
20 homes and three buildings will be demolished to hit air quality requirements. Photograph: Thorsten Henn/Getty Images

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