EIR Request - Pollution, Waste and Recycling in Buckie
1. Current and predicted Air Pollution levels in Buckie/Moray?
2. Recycling statistics relating to levels of waste going to land fill in Buckie/Moray?
- If possible, I would prefer current levels of waste going to landfill in Buckie. Alternatively, for Moray if the Buckie data is not available.
3. Recyling statistics relating to quantities of materials being recycled in Moray?
- Similarly for recycling, current data for Buckie preferred.
4. What percentage of electricity is from renewable energy?
- Renewable energy in the local community area of Buckie preferred.
5. If known, sources of pollution?
- Levels of all air, ground, and water pollution in Buckie and Moray.
6. If known, the traffic volume in Buckie/Moray area?
- Current traffic volume in Buckie.
In regards to Q6 (If known, the traffic volume in Buckie/Moray area?) I would ideally be interested in data from Cluny Square, The roundabout beside Tescos, Freuchny Road and the roundabout next to the new housing development in Buckpool between Anderson Drive, Traynor way and Barhill Road.
1. With regard to air quality in Moray, please see the latest Air Quality Annual Progress Report (APR) dated June 2020 available here. Due to resource /priority issues associated with Covid 19 pandemic, an APR was not produced for 2021. Once a new APR has been produced it will be available on the Moray Council website at this link: http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_1790.html
Questions 2 and 3 are responded to with tables provided in this document.
4. Under Regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, this information is not held. Under our duty to be helpful, please see links below for national snapshots of Scotland wide electricity sources:
National snapshots of Scotland wide electricity sources are publicly available:
From 2020: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2018/10/quarterly-energy-statistics-bulletins/documents/energy-statistics-summary---march-2021/energy-statistics-summary---march-2021/govscot:document/Scotland+Energy+Statistics+Q4+2020.pdf
From 2016 to 2019: https://www.statista.com/statistics/383262/generation-of-renewable-electricity-in-scotland-uk/
5. The Council does not routinely collect data on levels of ground and water pollution. Data held by the Council on soil and groundwater quality is only in the form of large and complex spatial data sets appended to site investigation reports for specific sites, which are typically submitted in support of planning applications or as part of other council functions. These reports relate to hundreds of sites gathered over several decades. This information therefore falls under Regulation 10(4)(c) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 - request is formulated in too general a manner. Information may be available for individual specified sites on request.
Under our duty to be helpful, SEPA will hold data on routine monitoring of water quality: https://www.sepa.org.uk/
6. See links below. Please note there is no data in relation to Freuchny Road - under Regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, this information is not held.
Buckie – Cluny Square Speed surveys
A942 High Street Buckie Feb 2014
Barhill Road Speed Survey Oct 2016