TRAFFIC could be limited through Rayleigh High Street after a report showed air pollution levels were above World Health Authority recommendations.

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs has urged Rochford District Council to find ways to cut the levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions, one of which could be to turn the street into an air quality management area.

This would allow the council to impose controls in the area, including limiting traffic in the town centre in favour of cleaner vehicles.

The report showed emission levels at the Eastwood Road/High Street junction were 52 micrograms per cubic metre - 12 micrograms higher than the target concentration.

The issue will be considered again by the council's executive board at its meeting in January.

Rayleigh councillor Mavis Webster said she would also raise the issue with Essex County Council's cabinet member for transport, Norman Hume.