Clean air campaign launched in south Essex

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Motorists in south Essex are being encouraged to leave their car at home for short journeys – and switch to walking, cycling and taking the bus.

The plea is part of a new clean air campaign, launched recently by Basildon Borough Council, Essex County Council and Rochford District Council.

The campaign encourages residents and businesses to make small day-to-day changes to improve air quality in the region. It calls on drivers to switch off their car engine when stationary and to check live traffic updates to avoid queues.

People are also being encouraged to check out cycling routes and maps, while businesses are being asked to introduce cycle to work schemes.

As well as simple lifestyle changes, the public are also being encouraged to help shape future efforts to tackle air pollution by filling out a short online survey which runs until 20 July.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader at Essex County Council, said:

“Air quality is something that affects everyone and it is something that we can all help to improve by making small day-to-day changes.

“We are keen for residents and businesses in South Essex to fill out a short online survey to help us better understand people’s travel habits and how we can best target our efforts to improve air quality.”

Cllr Kevin Blake, chairman of Basildon Council’s leisure, culture and environment committee, said:

“Improving air quality in south Essex is a priority for all of us and by working together with our partners we plan to find out more about how we can achieve that.”

Cllr Mike Webb, Rochford District Council’s portfolio holder for the community, said:

“Improving air quality is a priority for Rochford District Council and we are working hard with our partners to make it as easy as possible for residents and businesses to make greener choices.

“This partnership is further demonstration of our commitment to continue to improve our air now and for future generations.”

13 July 2018

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