WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change) and Winchester Friends of the Earth are holding an open event on 28 November to consider how we can make Winchester’s air cleaner, greener and safer. It is a particularly timely moment to consider how we can do more to improve Winchester’s air quality with the current Movement Strategy consultation underway and Winchester’s new Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) now in place.

The event will join the various strands together. Simon Finch, Corporate Head of Regulatory at Winchester City Council (WCC), will provide more details on the joint WCC and Hampshire County Council Movement Strategy consultation. Chris Gilham of Winchester Friends of the Earth will be outlining the different forms of air pollution with their effects on health and the climate along with the trends in central Winchester. David Ingram, Head of Environment and Licensing at WCC, will provide an update on the implementation and progress of Winchester’s AQAP.

People will be encouraged to consider what actions they would like to see and what action they themselves can take. The organisers hope that the current consultation will be seen as an excellent opportunity to demonstrate public support for making improved air quality a clear aim of the future Movement Strategy.

WinACC’s Executive Director, Tom Brenan, said:

“Five polls carried out by WinACC between October 2016 and October 2017 revealed consistent public support for restricting vehicle access and increasing pedestrian areas in the town centre to reduce air pollution.  This event will be a great opportunity for people to find out how they can take action to help improve Winchester’s air quality”.

The free event will take place on 28 November 2017 at the John Stripe Studio, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, 7.30pm (refreshments from 7.15pm).

Notes to Editors:

1.      Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is dedicated to combating climate change and creating a more positive, low-carbon future. We work collaboratively with residents, business and policy-makers to cut the carbon footprint of the Winchester District. For more information contact Tom Brenan, Executive Director, tom.brenan@winacc.org.uk or see: www.winacc.org.uk

2.      Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.