Clean Air Southampton was launched two years ago this month! Since then we have had lots of great conversations with the residents of Southampton about how air quality matters to our health and wellbeing. We want to raise awareness about the impacts of air pollution but also talk about solutions – how can we design a liveable city which is a sustainable and healthy environment for us all?
In the past couple of years we have taken part in short films, been interviewed in the national press and put our views forward to policymakers and a Select Committee. Amongst other things 🙂
We’re looking to carry on the conversation about clean air our next event: ‘Question Time: Air Quality Matters‘ on 24th April. This is a local elections hustings on tackling air pollution in Southampton and will be held at The Spark, Solent University from 6.30pm.
Free tickets for the event are available here and include a free drinks reception! We look forward to meeting you there and talking about how Clean Air Southampton can help the city achieve its clean air goals for 2020 and beyond.
Liz, Colin and Mandi
DEFRA put out a call for responses to their consultation on Clean Air Zones and Southampton was one of the five cities included in the proposals. So, we organised a workshop in November, 2016 to bring together local experts – academics, politicians, councillors and concerned groups and individuals – and set to work to produce our list of ideas.
Southampton has such an array of potential sources of air pollution, it was a complex meeting to organise, and we did it very successfully. Here is our response, and thanks very much to all the people who helped us put it together.
Thanks also to Steve Guppy, Scientific Officer with Southampton City Council for the map of what Southampton’s Clean Air Zone might look like:
This is just the beginning of the story, as the Government was taken to the High Court by ClientEarth last October, and told to re-visit their plans for Clean Air Zones. They have until April 2017 to re-issue their proposals and until July 2017 to enact them. The likely outcome of this revision will be the inclusion of all 37 towns and cities that are currently in breach of EU regulations on air quality. It is also possible that private cars may be included in the classes of vehicles to be regulated within the Clean Air Zones.
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On Wednesday, 13th April the Smogmobile travelled across Southampton, measuring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10) as it went. It started at Tesco, Bursledon at 8am, went along the A3024 past Thornhill and towards Bitterne. It turned right up Bullar Road and left down Cobden Avenue and then over Cobden Bridge to Portswood.
From Portswood, it went via Onslow Road to Jury’s Inn and then turned north up The Avenue and left into Archers Road to Hill Lane. At Hill Lane the Smogmobile turned north and went as far as the Sports Centre roundabout and then left along Winchester Road to the lights at the Romsey Road/Shirley High Street crossroads. Here it turned left and went the whole length of Shirley High Street and Shirley Road to Four Post Hill and then past the Civic Centre and Asda, under the West Quay tunnel and down Castle Way where it turned left into Below Bar and parked up at West Quay for press interviews and filming.
Early afternoon, the Smogmobile went back to the Civic Centre via the West Quay tunnel and then back up Shirley Road and Shirley High Street, along Romsey Road to Lordshill and turned left along Brownhill Road to the M271, where it turned left to Redbridge roundabout and then left towards Millbrook roundabout, where it turned left and drove into Millbrook Estate. It went along Kendal Avenue to Cuckmere Lane and Redbridge Community College. Then it returned to Central Station via the A33 and did a u-turn back along the A33 to Redbridge roundabout and exited the City on the M271.
The data produced by the Smogmobile is shown in the attached maps and charts. The Managing Director of Enviro Technology, which supplied the Smogmobile said:
“Our observations show that the average NO2 concentration over the day (between 8am to 3:30pm) of all the routes we drove and during the time we were parked up at West Quay was 63.15 µg/m3, which is over 50% higher than the annual limit value of 40 µg/m3.”