Manchester Friends of the Earth are asking Manchester residents including here in Trafford to contact Tony Lloyd or your MP calling for urgent action to improve air quality.
Air pollution kills over 2000 people every year in Manchester, the air we breathe is already above EU limits and something needs to be done as soon as possible.
Trafford Council only have three air pollution monitors that we know off, and all are located in the Stretford area, and one nearer the Trafford Centre.
This means the air south of the M60 bridge in Stretford is never checked, we can reveal that the air on most days in the Sale area is dirty, with car fumes making some places smell like a petrol station, and in Partington the air is no longer as fresh as it once used to be with SAICA and other industry operating, their is also a big increase in people living in the area which means more cars.
The new Future Carrington development that is to be built in Carrington will cause even more pollution, not to mention huge traffic jams in and out of Partington which will clog up the tiny and dangerous lanes towards Broadheath.
Manchester Friends of the earth believes that the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and the mayor needs to provide clear leadership on urgent actions to improve air quality by reducing sing-occupancy car journeys, cleaning up bus engines, and providing an environment that enables and encourages people of all ages to walk and cycle.
Campaigners have highlighted key issues which are below:
- Implement Clean Air Zones in city and district centres.
- Stop building day nurseries and schools near air pollution hotspots.
- A comprehensive air quality monitoring network for all areas in Greater Manchester.
- Establish a Greater Manchester Active Travel Fund for the development of high quality walking and cycling routes (minimum of £20 per person)
- All new taxis and buses should be zero emission vehicles by 2018. The whole fleet should be zero emissions by 2025.
- Create a GM Clean Air Fund to support a public information campaign about the impacts of air pollution and how people and businesses can help reduce pollution.
- Appoint a Clean Air Champion to ensure urgent action on air quality
- Provide an integrated, affordable, frequent and convenient public transport system.
Catherine Thomson a clean air campaigner with the group said: “We know that air pollution needs to be tackled, yet more people often feel there is little they can do to influence this important issue.
“The air quality email action gives people a simple and effective way to let the interim mayor know they are concerned and that Greater Manchester leaders need to take urgent action.”