Please join Winchester Friends of the Earth's Air Pollution Demo at 11am on Sunday 11th December. Meet at Winchester Discovery Centre and march down the High Street finishing at the City Museum for a photo call.
Winchester City Council continues to break EU and UK law on air quality, and our city centre continues to suffer from a serious air pollution problem from exhaust fumes.
The main problem is nitrogen dioxide (NO2). NO2 is a toxic gas which aggravates respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, like asthma, and has more insidious long-term health effects such as cancer.
The European Commission are currently dealing with a complaint, and it is likely that Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council will face a hefty fine in due course (which will rightly anger taxpayers).
There is sufficient evidence to show that if the City and County Councils took reasonable, responsible and cost-effective action, pollution levels could be reduced to an acceptable level - which of course, would bring great benefits to our health and make Winchester a much more pleasant place to live and visit.
Traffic-generated air pollution is invisible and that's why it is easy for the Council to ignore the problem - so we want the demo to give a clear message that enough is enough. We will be carrying 51 cardboard gravestones to represent the 51 people that die prematurely every year in the Winchester District due to the effects of air pollution. If you can make a placard to carry on the day with your own message that would be great!
We really need your support on the 11th so that Winchester City Council is in no doubt that we want action.