Thursday 20 June is Clean Air Day and the Public Protection Partnership (PPP), which delivers Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards services across Wokingham Borough, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire councils, is encouraging residents and businesses to take action to improve air quality.
Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts and can be a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, it particularly affects the most vulnerable in society, children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions.
Most air pollution results from a concentration of nitrogen dioxide generated by motor vehicles. Following the publication of the Air Quality Action Plan for Wokingham and Twyford last year, Wokingham Borough Council and its stakeholders have worked towards reducing the levels of nitrogen dioxide within the two Air Quality Management Areas to improve public health and the wellbeing of residents.
Most recent actions to improve air quality include:
•Work to assess the short and medium term options for improving the signal staging in Twyford.
•A village-wide review of on-street parking controls in Twyford, to be informed by residents parking and traffic surveys that will be carried out from June to September 2019;
•A review of off-street parking/commuter parking near Twyford station and
•Installing lamppost banners in Twyford, Wokingham Peach St and Barkham Road to raise awareness of air pollution and Clean Air Day in areas susceptible to air quality issues
The Leader of Wokingham Borough Council, Cllr John Halsall, said; “A very simple and effective way to improve the air quality in our borough is to ‘Cut your car engine and cut air pollution, when stationary’. Another is, for all those living or working in Wokingham Borough, for more of us to use other forms of transport and you can find out about transport near you by logging onto ‘My Journey’ - your one stop destination for travel information and advice in and around Wokingham borough. Alternatively, why not consider walking, cycling, or even buying an electric car?”
He went on to say: “On Clean Air Day, in particular, we want to get the message across that everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and we want to encourage residents and businesses across Wokingham Borough to help to reduce air pollution and limit its impact on their health and that of others.”