Leave cars at home

Leave cars at home plea: 'Bristol pupils suffering from air pollution which could damage their lungs for life.'


Inner-city schoolchildren in Bristol are suffering from air pollution which could damage their lungs for the rest of their lives, according to a would-be MP.

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, carried out an air quality test outside St Michael on the Mount primary school, off Park Row.

She was accompanied by an air quality consultant who discovered that the levels of pollution were much higher than legal limits.

Ms Debbonaire said: "This is a lovely school but like many in Bristol, they are near busy roads and the air quality is poor.

"This matters because we know that air pollution causes asthma and respiratory diseases and can cause lung damage into adulthood."

She wants to encourage people to use their cars less often and for bus companies to retro-fit their vehicles with "clean" engines.

"If people leave their car at home, just one in ten times, then it can make a big difference," she said.

She added that if more people used buses, then it would take more cars off the roads and make it more commercially realistic for bus companies to update their fleets.

Ms Debbonaire was joined by Shadow Environment Secretary Barry Gardiner who wants to see a national framework introduced so councils have the power to bring in low emission zones.

He said the current Government had devolved the responsibility for air pollution to local authorities but not given them any powers to take action.

He said that children who attend schools within 150 yards of a main road were in danger of growing up with lung or respiratory complaints.

From The Bristol Post  October 09, 2014

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