Burning fossil fuel for transport produces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Climate change is causing increasing damage to health. Burning fossil fuel also produces air pollution that is directly harmful to health. We must design our towns and our lives so that we aren't forced to rely on polluting private cars. See also: Winchester City Council five-year Air Quality Action Plan approved Apr 26, 2017WinACC's transport pagesGlobal Action Plan's National Clean Air Day website.

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WinACC replied to the House of Commons four Select Committees' consultation on air quality to say that the consultation paper set out the seriousness and urgency of the problem very clearly, but failed to set measures and a timetable to act.

Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council are working on an overall strategy for moving in and around Winchester town and the immediately surrounding area.

People who live in, work in, or visit Winchester are asked to give their views by 8 December.

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government’s top adviser, Prof. Frank Kelly.

WinACC ran our pollution poll at the Hat Fair on Sunday 2 July 2017 to ask people what they want done about air pollution in Winchester. 

More than half of the people voted to restrict vehicle access to the town centre to essential vehicles only (such as disability and delivery) and to create more pedestrian areas. 

The results from a new report suggest that toxic air pollution is a problem in far more places than the government has admitted.

From August 2017, roadside checks of lorries carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check.  Full details are on the government website.

Local climate activists marked National Clean Air Day on 15 June with criticisms of the government’s draft plan for tackling air quality “Improving air quality in the UK: Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”.

 According to climate charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), the government’s proposals are far too modest, and the timetable too slow.

WinACC response to the inadequate Government draft Air Quality Plan "Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities: A consultation".

The government finally published its draft Air Quality Plan on 5 May. Friends of the Earth (FoE) say:

"This should have been a Plan that helped people out of dirty diesels in to clean vehicles and cheaper, better, public transport.  Unfortunately for us all – it wasn’t. Far from it."

It's the UK's first ever National Clean Air Day on 15 June, to tell people about air pollution and take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

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Burning fossil fuel for transport produces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and produce air pollution that is directly harmful to health.

Poor air quality in Winchester affects us all.