Air Quality Protest Event – April 4th

Can you spare half an hour on Friday 4th April please?

Our Green MEP, Keith Taylor is coming to Winchester on Friday 4th April to highlight the fact that Winchester City Council continues to break EU and UK law on air quality, and that our city centre continues to suffer from a serious air pollution problem from exhaust fumes.

In Winchester, the main problem is nitrogen dioxide (NO2). NO2 is a toxic gas which aggravates respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, like asthma, and has more insidious long-term health effects.

The European Commission are currently dealing with a Complaint from Winchester Green Party and Friends of the Earth, and it is likely that Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council will face a hefty fine in due course (which will rightly anger taxpayers).

Indeed, the City Council have three developments in the pipeline, which will make the congestion and pollution worse throughout the city: Silver Hill, Barton Farm and the increase of capacity at the M3 Junction 9.

Our City Council needs to know that residents are not happy with Winchester’s traffic blight, and that it mustn’t get worse. Winchester can be prosperous and vibrant without being dominated by cars.

Traffic generated air pollution is invisible and that’s why it is easy for the Council to ignore the problem – so we want the demo to give a clear message that enough is enough. People have already started making cut-out cars with black balloons for exhaust fumes! If you can make a placard to hold on the day that would be great!

It would be fantastic if you could be there. We need lots of people to support the event to make it work and have an impact in local press and media!

When: 2pm on Friday 4th April
Where: Meet on St Georges’ Street opposite McDonalds (by the air quality monitoring station)
What: Mini march to the Guildhall where Keith Taylor MEP will present documents to the City Council
Bring: Family and friends – and if you have time – placards, masks, cut-out cars, whistles etc.!
Why: Because Winchester’s air pollution problem has been ignored for too long

Any Questions? Contact us on info@winchesterfoe.org.uk

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