On National Clean Air Day, WinACC is working with partners to create opportunities for people to learn more about the relationship between clean air and the health of people and the planet, find out what's been done and make their views known. 

The main event is Air Pollution and Health at St Peter's Pastoral Centre, St Peter’s Church, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8RY 4.00-6.00 (refreshments at 3.30) include:

  • Welcome from Councillor Jan Warwick of Winchester City and Hampshire County Councils
  • the health impacts of air pollution, by Dr Matt Loxham of the University of Southampton* 
  • update from Councillor Jan Warwick on the development of the Winchester Movement Strategy which aims to reduce transport pollution
  • activity sessions:
  1. Winchester Air Quality Management Plan 2017: what is still to be done? Workshop led by Phil Gagg of WinACC and Dave Ingram of WCC – in main room
  2. The role of health professionals on air pollution Workshop led by Chris Holloway of Healthwatch and Dr Matt Loxham - in main room
  3. Barriers to walking Audit of North Walls led by Liz Kessler and Jan Berry of Winchester Walking Strategy Group – meet in lobby
  4. Quiet reflection Churches Together in Winchester will offer the opportunity for a global perspective on clean air through The Big Shift campaign, and the chance for quiet reflection and time to breathe in the beautiful gardens of St Peter's. Led by Jo Crocker - meet outside
  5. Winchester Crumbs Trail - Living Streets walking trail to follow on your phone – at your own pace
  6. Pollution Walk (to be confirmed) Particulate matter is the most deadly form of air pollution. Join Friends of the Earth on a walk around central Winchester with a simple sensor that will indicate where particulates are present and help us identify potential air pollution hotspots - meet at entrance to church.
  7. Why not cycle? Cycle Winchester discussion. 
  • closing session to identify next steps, chaired by Dr Tony Stoller

See programme details, with timings

Free. Likely to be popular so please secure your place by booking in advance to transport@winacc.org.uk

* Dr Matthew Loxham is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Future Leader Fellow at the Academic Unit of Clinical and Experimental Sciences in the Medicine Faculty of the University of Southampton.  His major research interest is the link between the chemistry and the biological effects of particulate matter.  His doctoral research focused on particulates in underground railway systems, and he currently works on particulate emissions from ships and dock-based sources.  He also conducts research into lung cell biology, with a focus on the responses of our airways to airborne allergens and viruses, as well as particulates, and he is also interested in the effects of particulate matter on other parts of the body.

Other activities include extra air monitoring by Winchester City Council and “No Idling” campaign posters by children of St. Bede's school.

Partners include WinACC's Built Environment and Transport Action Group, BREATHE for better air, transport, health and environment, Churches Together in Winchester, City of Winchester Trust,  Cycle Winchester, FirstBite Winchester, Friends of the Earth Winchester, Hampshire County Council, Healthwatch Hampshire, Living Streets, My Journey Hampshire, the University of Winchester, Winchester City Council and Winchester Walking Strategy Group.

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