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.


The think tank ResPublica urges in its report  Air Necessities: Place-based solutions to a pollution crisis that councils be given powers to levy charge

Winchester City Council held a public consultation on its draft Air Quality Action Plan for the city centre. WinACC replied that the actions set out in the plan probably won't be enough to keep air pollution within legal limits by 2020.

The latest European Environment Agency report indicates that air pollution is responsible for over 500,000 premature deaths [pdf, p9] in Europe every year. The problem is especially serious in cities. Emssions from burning fossil fuels for transport is a major cause.

Almost 300 adults voted in the Pollution Poll in Winchester High St on busy shopping Saturday 26 November 2016. This was the second time WinACC had asked people to say what they would like Winchester City Council to do about air pollution, and the results are very similar to last time. 

Over 500 adults voted in the Pollution Poll in the Cathedral close on 2 October 2016. Everyone could vote for two choices out of eight possible ways to make the air cleaner in Winchester town centre - or they could vote for "Keep things as they are - pollution isn't a worry for me".

97% of over 1000 votes were in favour of doing something.

Dr Vardoulakis, Environmental Change department, PHE Centre for Radiation, Chemical & Environmental, reports:

"More than five percent of deaths in England are attributable to long-term exposure to particulate air pollution. This makes the impact of air pollution on the public’s health very significant indeed.

Our colleagues from Friends of the Earth (FoE) report as below:-

"We're only 6 days into 2017 and parts of the UK have just broken their air pollution limits for the entire year. More places are set to follow in the coming days.  So let's make this the year that government finally takes air pollution seriously – and commits to get dirty diesel vehicles off our streets.

Bike lanes may be the most cost effective way to improve public health, claims a new study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Around 150 people joined Winchester Friends of the Earth Air Pollution Demo on Sunday 11 December.

New  NICE draft guidance on air pollution, containing recommendations for tackling poor air quality, is out for public consultation until 25 January 2017.


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