Cllr Lorna Dupré has won cross-party support from Cambridgeshire County Council for her call to action to improve air quality across Cambridgeshire.
It has been estimated that there were 257 deaths attributable to particulate air pollution in Cambridgeshire in 2010 (the most recent figure available), and that over 5 per cent of Cambridgeshire’s population mortality is attributed to air pollution.
The Lib Dems want to see more action to improve air quality and propose starting by ensuring the county council supports the next annual Clean Air Day on 20 June 2019.
“Air pollution is a hidden killer across the county,” said Cllr Dupré. “We need real action to tackle the problem, with everybody playing their part.
“Doing more for Clean Air Day next year is a good way to start to take this important issue more seriously.”
Cllr Dupré’s motion received minor amendments from the Chair of the county council’s Health Committee, who seconded the motion. It was approved unanimously by County Councillors.
This council notes:
- the risks to public health posed by poor air quality;
- the success of Clean Air Day 2018 in increasing awareness of air pollution, with 203 supporter organisations, five campaign partners and thousands of volunteers across the country taking part; and
- the involvement of 2000 organisations including hospitals, schools and local authorities in 550 events nationwide on the day.
This council welcomes the activities recently undertaken or planned by this authority in conjunction with partner councils and other public bodies to address air pollution more collaboratively, including the development of communication resources, training and learning events, guidance for communities on air quality monitoring, and collaborative working.
This council therefore resolves to support next year’s Clean Air Day on Thursday 20 June 2019.