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Prospective Candidates in East Staffordshire write about Air Pollution in the Town

May 1, 2019 10:48 AM

Local air quality in East Staffordshire is still below international standards according to a major report just issued by ESBC. East Staffordshire Liberal Democrats want to up the Council's game responding to this pollution which is damaging public health. A replacement modern digital system of monitoring should be used to make real time checks to pollution levels at the times and locations where children and other pedestrians are crossing roads to go to school or work, and when children are in school playgrounds. The old style diffusion tube system relied on now only measures average pollution over 2-4 weeks, not the real time peak levels to which pedestrians are exposed.

Liberal Democrat run Eastleigh Council introduced this new system over a year ago. They applied for an award of £58,750 to pay the full cost, from Defra's Air Quality Grant, for 25 mobile air quality and traffic monitors as part of a targeted programme around the Borough. What's more this new system is British!

In East Staffs we do not monitor particulate pollution which is a cause of childhood asthma. Nor can we match levels of pollution to traffic congestion at the peak travel to work and walk to school times. We don't know what damage is being done to people. ESBC has a duty to take this seriously. Air pollution is said to be responsible for up to 29,000 premature deaths a year across the country.

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/environmental-health/pollution/air-quality

It is no coincidence that Tory Councillors do not represent those families who suffer the worst exposure to traffic pollution.

Vote to elect Liberal Democrat Councillors in Winshill, Burton, Eton Park and Needwood so we can put this policy into action.

Our candidates: Helen Hall, Hugh Warner, Robert Coates, Sam Goldsworthy, Theo Hollier , Derek Lord

Helen Hall 2019 Hugh Warner 2019 Bob Coates 2019 Sam Goldsworthy 2019 Theo Hollier 2019 Derek Lord 2019