AIR pollution in parts of Urmston and Davyhulme that are close to the M60 are over the EU safety limit, according to a pressure group.

The findings were released by the Breathe Clean Air Group (BCAG), which formed in opposition to Peel Energy’s recently approved Barton Renewable Energy Plant and is to be built close to Barton Bridge.

BCAG has been monitoring nitrogen dioxide levels for the past three months and stated that of the 11 results so far, nine are over the limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre and two are just under that limit.

The results ranged between 35.78 and 59.69.

“No wonder Europe wants to prosecute the UK for infringements of air quality, and these results are right on our doorstep,” said BCAG chairman Pete Kilvert.

Two related motions have been submitted to Trafford Council ahead of the full council meeting tonight, the first relating to public opposition to BREP and the second relating to air quality.

A council spokesman said: “Trafford Council can confirm that two motions relating to this matter are due to be considered at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday March 26.

“The health of local residents is of the utmost importance to the Council which is why the Council tried to overturn the Secretary of State’s decision to allow permission for the biomass Incinerator development proposed in Davyhulme.

“The council will continue to monitor air quality and to work with the Breathe Clean Air Group in relation to these issues.”