Air Pollution

Deal Town Council is committed to tackling air pollution.

Air pollution is a cunning opponent to tackle – it’s invisible. The air pollution you can see is bad, but the pollution that really harms us is not only invisible but odourless too. And it really kills. Air pollution is responsible for seven million early deaths every year – that’s tens of thousands of people across the UK dying from breathing our air. That’s the point really, we can’t avoid the air pollution that’s there because we can’t stop breathing.

The Council is using a a Plume Labs Flow 2 personal air quality monitor to measure pollution levels in our streets. Gathering this evidence is important in tackling air pollution at a hyper-local level.

Readings are being taken on walking & cycling routes throughout Deal. These routes are primarily focussed on ‘routes to school’ as children (whether walking or in cars) are more susceptible to the damage caused by exposure to air pollution. Short term regular exposure creates a considerable cumulative risk for regular route users such as children going to school. And it is not just children walking, scooting, wheeling, or cycling. Children inside vehicles are equally at risk.

Whilst we can’t see air pollution, we know what causes it. To help us all tackle air pollution, the Environment Committee has linked up Deal Town Council with Global Action Plan's Clean Air Hub and also become an Official Supporter of Clean Air Day, which this year will be on Thursday 16 June.

Air pollution comes from all sorts of sources including factories, farming, shipping, chimneys and vehicle exhausts. But even small reductions in air pollution could help us to avoid new cases of disease and make everyone's life a little better. So, why not try:

  • Walk, cycle and scoot more, especially using the back streets away from polluting traffic. 
  • Avoid unnecessary burning at home (e.g. in a stove or open fire) unless it is your only source of heat. If you rely on wood for your heating, use 'ready to burn' materials (e.g. dry wood or approved manufactured solid fuels), and try to ensure that your appliance is eco-design accredited. 
  • If you do have to drive, switch your engine off when you're stationary, and try to choose electric vehicles where you can. 

With this last action in mind, local Primary Schools have taken part in a "No Idling" Poster Design Competition

"No Idling" Poster Design Competition

Below are links to more information about Air Pollution and ideas on what we can all do to improve our air.