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Wiltshire Lib Dems support 'Clean Air Day'

October 8, 2020 8:00 AM
By Ellen Nicholson

Clean Air DayThe World Health Organisation recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

Local Liberal Democrats are supporting 'Clean Air Day' which is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and we have campaigned vigorously on how pollution is affecting our towns. Westburywas named as one of the worst areas in the county for air quality and there is currently a large campaign in progress against the Westbury Incinerator.

Liberal Democrats such as Councillor Brian Matthew and Cllr Gavin Grant have been consistent in calling on the Council to play a leadership role by adopting policies which are in line with our local environment, and by investing in infrastructure that will improve the air quality and health of Wiltshire residents. Given electric and low emissions vehicles are key in tackling air pollution, the Council is failing to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points around Wiltshire. The Council should ensure that any locations such as public car parks and supermarkets, new developments and large-scale regeneration schemes include electric car charging facilities.

Electric buses can play a major part in reducing air pollution, and the Council should fast track the procurement of pure electric buses to transform Wiltshire's bus fleet. Promote its existing Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) by encouraging people to use public transport and provide incentives with cheaper fares, a greater frequency of services, more twilight bus services, quicker journey times and promoting eco-driving and car sharing.

Website: https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/

Clean Air Day normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. This year, due to COVID-19, Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020.

Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues.

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020 and will be rolled out slightly differently. To keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, we've updated the campaign to be more virtual!

Find out more about the date change and why social distancing is no barrier to taking action on Clean Air Day here.

Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to:

  • Improve public understanding of air pollution.

  • Build awareness of how air pollution affects our health.

  • Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.