Expert views on air quality to feature at public meeting

March 24 2017

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Councils have been awarded almost £500,000 by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to assess and design a Clean Air Zone for the Bristol area.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Councils have been awarded almost £500,000 by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to assess and design a Clean Air Zone for the Bristol area.

Improving air quality was unanimously supported by a vote at Full Council in February – a clear consensus on the urgent need to clean up the air which we all breathe.

The Bishopston Society, in conjunction with Sustainable Bishopston, plan to debate the issues of how air pollution affects our lives in Bishopston, air quality monitoring and what we can do in our community to improve things. 

 The two local community groups are set to welcome three experts who’ve recently written on these subjects; Professor Jim Longhurst of UWE’s Air Quality Management Resource Centre, Gavin Spittlehouse from Sustainable Bishopston, and Councillor Tom Brook, Labour and Co-op Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down. 

The meeting is on Tuesday April 4 at 7pm at Gloucestershire Cricket Ground, Nevil Road, BS7 9EJ. 

Spokesman for the society, Nick Plant said: “We’re glad to have taken forward recent coverage of this important topic by featuring three expert articles in our newsletter and on our web site, and we’re delighted that Jim, Gavin and Tom all agreed to come along in person to stimulate debate.” 

The special event will also include responses from members, a workshop session for visitors to decide what we can do about the problem, and other community contributions, as well as the legendary Bishopston Society Open Forum, and a chance to meet others and mingle over free refreshments. Admission is free to members, only £2 for non-members on the door – no need to book.

Further details, and the full text of all three expert articles on air quality in the global context, measuring and responding to pollution, and how Bristol City Council can respond, can be found at www.bishopstonsociety.org.uk.