Useful clean air campaign links
Nottingham Air Pollution Action Group was formed at a meeting in March 2019, following a public debate in November 2018 on "Action for clean air in Nottingham" in collaboration with London Sustainability Exchange. The Group set four main areas to work on:
- monitoring action by the City Council;
- reporting pollution data;
- research into local health impacts;
- engaging local communities.
A Greenlight Notts facebook page has been set up to exchange information. It has been posting updates on official monitoring data for nitrogen dioxide and particulates on the ring road at Western Boulevard - with levels of NO2 upto 131µg/m3 on 27 March (compared to a legal limit of 40 for annual average).
A new report from the British Lung Foundation says that pollution levels around the QMC are unsafe. And both the City Council and Highways England should be doing more. Fine particulates (PM2.5) are linked to 6.4% of adult deaths in the city.
"Transport remains an important contributor to poor air quality, and, in 2020, petrol and diesel cars will still be one of the main contributors to poor air quality." So more needs to be done to curb traffic on the trunk roads around the QMC. Read More >
Nottingham still has illegal levels of air pollution. This is nearly 20 years after Air Quality Management Areas were declared. Nottingham has been good at measuring air pollution; not so good at reducing it.
EU rules required compliance by 2010, delayed to 2015 for the UK. It then required legal action all the way up to the Supreme Court to force the government to produce a plan to bring down pollution by 2020 - which has still not been implemented. In September 2018 Nottingham City Council finally submitted limited proposals. We are waiting for government approval. Read More >
A report from the Campaign for Better Transport says that local transport is the main contributor to air pollution. But action is needed by the Government, not just local authorities. CBT wants older, more polluting vehicles off the road. And government-supported local car scrappage schemes. Read More >
After years of complaints from local residents, the City Hospital has only just stopped burning coal. That follows a campaign backed by Nottingham Friends of the Earth. This is one of the last coal-fired boilers in the city. Read More >