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Kate presses council for action on air pollution

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Kate has called for the Council to take action on the government’s air quality framework which says that Trafford must produce a local plan by March 2018 to tackle dangerously high levels of air pollution.

The World Health Organisation has said that air in the Greater Manchester area contains levels of dangerous particles which are above the legally safe level to breathe. 

Air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer, it can worsen existing lung conditions and stunt the growth of children’s’ lungs.

The government plan said that Trafford will need to be included in a Clean Air Zone for our local air quality to be improved.

Kate has written to the Chief Executive at Trafford Council to demand that the Council produce a plan to take urgent action to tackle air pollution.

She also asked the Council to consult local people on steps they’d like to take to clean up the air in our area.

The government plan hit headline news when it set out a commitment to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

However the plans were criticised by charity the British Lung Foundation for failing to outline details on how our health will be protected in the short term.

Latest research estimates that 40,000 lives are cut short each year by air pollution.

Air pollution is also really bad for children’s’ growing lungs: children exposed to severe air pollution are up to four times more likely to have poor lung development compared to those growing up in less polluted areas.

Kate said, “It’s simply unacceptable that we have dangerously high levels of air pollution in Trafford.

“We can’t afford to sit around and not take action on an issue which is affecting the health of children growing up round here today. We owe it to future generations to act now to make our air safe to breathe.

“Earlier this year I hosted an air quality summit for Trafford schools where children let me know their ideas for cleaner air. I’ve shared these with the Chief Executive of the Council and hope that they’ll give other local people opportunities to share ideas on making our air cleaner.

“We mustn’t delay on tackling air pollution round here and I’ll continue to press both the Council and the government for action.” 

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