Greens launch air quality plan for the West of England
Darren Hall, the Green Party Metro Mayor candidate, has launched an air quality plan for the West of England Region at the heart of the historic city centre of Bath.
Commenting on it, Darren said, “Across the region (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) over 450 people a year are suffering an early death, mainly caused by vehicle pollution in built-up and urban areas. Legal and safe pollution limits are being regularly exceeded in Bristol, Bath, Keynsham and South Gloucestershire.
We all want to be able to breathe clean, healthy air, knowing that our children are growing up with healthy lungs. Greens have a practical and realistic vision to bring about the changes necessary to clean up our dirty air and improve the health of those most affected.”
This includes as a priority discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering our towns and cities and promoting walking, cycling and public transport as genuine alternatives to car use.”
Jerome Thomas, Deputy Leader of the Bristol Green Group of Councillors, and one of the authors of the plan says, “The recent public petitions Let Bristol Breathe and Let Bath Breathe, showed the level of support to sort the problem of unsafe and illegal air quality in the region. Our plan shows how Greens are taking the lead on air quality, proposing the most appropriate progressive policies to get this problem fixed.”
Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the region also commented saying,
“This plan is needed more than ever. The air quality in our cities amounts to nothing short of a public health emergency with hundreds of needless deaths across the region every year. This needs to be tackled with urgency at every level of government. While our national government stalls and car manufacturers lobby to protect their short-term profits, it is down to cities, devolved regions and international pressure to bring about positive change.”