Green Party leader highlights air pollution in city

November 01 2016

GREEN Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP visited Bishopston and Redland on October 8 to take part in a survey initiative on air pollution. The Green party is pressing for action to tackle lethal levels of air pollution in the city, including the Air Quality Management area that covers the Gloucester Road.

GREEN Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP visited Bishopston and Redland on October 8 to take part in a survey initiative on air pollution. The Green party is pressing for action to tackle lethal levels of air pollution in the city, including the Air Quality Management area that covers the Gloucester Road.

Caroline joined campaigners at stalls on both Stokes Croft and Gloucester Rd where she helped Redland councillor Martin Fodor and others highlight this issue during Healthy City Week. So far several hundred residents have taken part in the survey to say what they think about air pollution and to choose which measures they might want to see used to tackle it from a menu of half a dozen options.

Martin Fodor said: "I'm delighted Caroline Lucas was able to join us, now she's party co-leader, despite her busy diary. It gave quite a lot of residents a chance to speak to her directly and discuss air pollution. People are fed up of the lack of action - despite talk about it for decades. The earliest Bristol Green party campaign on this was in 1989 and we’ve been pushing since then, but despite promises little has improved. This time we’re not going to stop until there are real steps to tackle it."

Air pollution has scarcely been out of the news in recent times with stories about links to dementia, cancer, heart disease, and many more. The World Health Organisation concluded that small particulate pollution has health impacts even at very low concentrations.

Jude English, Ashley Down Green councillor stated: “Many places across the city are in breach of these levels. People are particularly at risk in the city centre and areas like St Phillips or by the M32 corridor. 

“To have a healthy city we must have clean air - polluted air costs lives. At least 200 people in Bristol die each year from air pollution, with recent research suggesting the number of deaths could be far higher. 

The survey takes about one minute to complete. See 

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-2ayctW0_ BT8mYT2ahXew GJoBuvAvYnRABp8WTd8r1-dAXQ/viewform