Winchester Labour are calling for A Breath of Fresh Air and supporting the campaign for a new clean air act to ensure that everyone can breathe fresh, clean safe air.
In its 2016 local election manifesto, Labour urged Winchester City Council to commit to making Winchester one of the greenest cities in England. This includes taking action on the quality of air that we breathe in the city.
The city has a long standing problem with air pollution. Recent research carried out for the city council showed that there are 3 hot spots in particular where air quality needs to be improved - in St George's Street, Romsey Road and Chesil Street.
St. Georges Street is one of a number of city centre hot-spots for air pollution.
This problem is shared with many other towns and cities in the country. This is why SERA, Labour's Environment Campaign, has launched a campaign for a new clean air act. People shouldn't be dying from the air that they breathe in 21st century Britain.
Poor air quality has a particularly disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable in our society - the young, older people, and adults with heart and respiratory conditions tend to live near main roads where pollution is worse, thereby exacerbating health and well-being inequalities.
if you want to know to find out more about the local situation, WinACC and Friends of the Earth are holding a public meeting on air pollution in Winchester on Tuesday 12th July at 7.30pm at the Winchester Centre, Worthy Lane, Winchester
For more information about SERA, and their campaign on clean air, please go to SERA's website - sera.org.uk. SERA, Labour's Environment Campaign, is an affiliated organisation of the Labour Party, campaigning on green issues from a red perspective.