A Clean Air Manifesto for Southampton

We ask you, as a candidate in the May, 2019 local elections, to sign this Clean Air Manifesto for Southampton – to show your support for reducing air pollution in the City in a measureable way during your term of office:

  1. A 25% reduction in cars and vans entering Southampton – to reduce particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide – in line with the Council’s target of 25ug/m3 NO2 by 2025 and the WHO guideline for PM2.5 of 10ug/m31

 

  1. Work with partners to create ‘Low emission zones’ around all schools, hospitals and GP surgeries in the city 2

 

  1. Introduce a workplace parking levy to generate income for investment in public transport3

 

  1. Establish a cross-party working group on air quality – as soon as possible

 

  1. Establish low-cost park and ride schemes, using existing bus services and available land/existing car parks

 

  1. Establish one car-free Sunday a month in the city centre4

 

  1. Impose Euro VI standard as a minimum for all delivery vehicles in the City Centre. Work with local businesses to encourage last mile deliveries5

 

  1. Ensure that travelling by bus is the cheapest option for a family6

 

  1. Increase walking and cycling investment by allocating at least 15% of total transport infrastructure spending, as recommended by Government7

 

  1. Annual reports to be produced, using all available data on transport and air quality, to measure progress on the above targets and to highlight areas for further action

 

Clean Air Southampton and Southampton Friends of the Earth

 

Supported by:        Professor Stephen T Holgate, RCP Special Advisor on Air Quality

Dr Ben Marshall, Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine, Southampton University

Southampton Cycling Campaign; Southampton Collective; Green Resistance Southampton; Extinction Rebellion Southampton; Southampton Women’s Forum; Breathe Easy Hedge End; Transition Southampton; Southampton Real Nappy Network; Redbridge Residents’ Association

 

1     The highest modelled kerbside NO2 in the city for 2020 is at Northam Bridge and is projected to be 38ug/m3. The Council has committed to achieving 25ug/m3 NO2 across the city by 2025. This is a 34% reduction on 2020. So a 25% reduction in traffic by 2023 will be a necessary step towards this declared aim. We have chosen to use traffic counts to measure the reduction, as a straight proxy for NO2 and also particulate matter, to make this target more easily measurable. WHO guidelines for PM and NO2: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/69477/WHO_SDE_PHE_OEH_06.02_eng.pdf?sequence=1

 

2     See https://www.uk100.org/press-release/.

Guidance for the NHS here: https://www.globalactionplan.org.uk/news/fresh-air-for-the-uks-most-polluted-hospitals

 

3     https://www.lgcplus.com/idea-exchange/how-nottingham-created-the-uks-first-workplace-parking-levy/7022862.article

 

4     Car-free days have already been accepted as an idea by the City Council and preliminary discussions and planning have started, but much more work needed. Strong community support for this idea, and growing evidence of positive impact on trade and pollution, e.g. https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/03/08/closing-central-madrid-to-cars-resulted-in-9-5-boost-to-retail-spending-finds-bank-analysis

 

5     There are signs that a local business is getting an electric cargo bike business under way. To ensure the success of such entrepreneurs it needs to be backed up with proper controls on HGVs, in particular refrigerated articulated lorries, accessing the city and causing congestion and pollution.

 

6     Cheap weekly bus tickets for individuals are currently available but a one-off return journey into the city for a family can cost a huge amount of money. This encourages driving into town and paying to park which is currently much cheaper. The equivalent of an Oyster card is needed to permit travel on all available options without having to buy another (expensive) ticket.

 

7            See: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-11-22/HCWS1099/