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.


Fifty people came to a public meeting on air pollution on 12 July 2016 organised by Winchester Friends of the Earth and WinACC.

Each year, an estimated 40 to 50 people die early in Winchester from air pollution outside the home. At the Winchester Centre, Worthy Lane, at 7.30 on 12 July, local charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) and Winchester Friends of the Earth are holding a public meeting to consider how to make Winchester cleaner and safer. 

Winchester Friends of the Earth have sent a hard-hitting statement to the Planning Inspector about air pollution in Winchester city.

As the new City Council prepares to review its car parking strategy, WinACC publishes a substantial report on car parks in and near Winchester town.

At a well-attended meeting on 30 April 2016, climate change activists from the Andover, Basingstoke, the New Forest, Southampton, Winchester and elsewhere swapped news and ideas about:

Greenpeace highlighted their campaign for the government to come up with an action plan to clean up our air by scaling and placing gas masks on Nelson's column and 14 other iconic statues.

Winchester City Council publishes reviews and data on air quality in and around the Air Quality Management Area in Winchester Town.  The February 2016 report from Bureau Veritas is now available. 

Following the Prime Minister's question time admission in March that the health effects of air pollution cost the country billions, Friends of the Earth are asking the public to sign their

Winchester continues to exceed legal limits of nitrous dioxide and its roads are frequently running at full capacity. 

Winchester is thus not only in breach of legislation, but is potentially close to a critical congestion threshold beyond which the air pollution would markedly increase.


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