Dust fears for Fairlie kids

Published: 29 Apr 2010 15:120 comments

Is there a connection between coal dust at Hunterston Clydeport and ill health is the question being asked in a survey in the village.

A health study is taking place involving Fairlie children over concerns relating to coal dust problems from Hunterston.

Community councillor Rita Holmes revealed that a check was taking place over how many children use asthma inhalers in the village, and if there are any lung related illnesses.

Mrs Holmes said that a former community councillor in the village was carrying out the checks as part of a project. She said: "We want to see if there is any link between coal dust and ill health. They are looking at the health effects and how many children need to use inhalers. They are comparing their results with other areas which have had open cast mines."

Talks have already taken place with the Fairlie Parent Council about the voluntary study, Mrs Holmes revealed during a recent Community Council meeting.

Meanwhile, Fairlie Community Council have enlisted the support of North Ayrshire Labour candidate Katy Clark in attempting to re-classify the monitoring requirements for dust assessment.

Full story in Largs & Millport News of April 28

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