Campaigners battling to reduce air pollution in Sheffield have submitted an objection against a planned Ikea store.
Tinsley Forum and the East End Quality of Life Initiative have called on Sheffield Council to reject the furniture and homeware retailer’s scheme.
However, just one of 130 members of the public who have given their views to the council are against the plans for the former Tinsley Wire and Betafence factory site off Sheffield Road, Carbrook.
In their objection letter, the forum and initiative said: “We are disappointed a company with the reputation of Ikea, in seeking to reduce its environmental impact, has chosen a site next to a motorway junction which has a residential community.
“Young children are a particularly vulnerable group to the health effects of poor air quality and noise and will bear the brunt of the increases in pollution from this proposed development.
“The location of two primary schools next to the southbound slip road, and the M1 itself, further emphasis this danger of increasing vulnerability.
“The increased traffic levels will add to the many traffic jams, disruption of daily life and delays to public transport experienced by the Tinsley community.”
Tracy Calvert, forum chairman, said: “We have been campaigning for a long time to get air pollution and noise within European limits, conscious children are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of poor air quality.”
Both groups say Ikea should find an alternative site.
However, most members of the public who made comments to the council said they welcomed the prospect of 700 jobs.
Sheffield Council’s Labour leadership is understood to be divided about the planned store – although Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is in favour.
n To view the Ikea plans, visit http://publicaccess.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications and search for ‘Betafence’.