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Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme survey to seek views on air quality

In parts of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, traffic-related pollution is above legal limits which is affecting the health of local people. 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council online survey is now closed its purpose was to seek people’s views on local air pollution so they can understand what support the community needs from the councils, to protect the health of people in those districts. The councils engaged with residents, schools, businesses and community groups to find out how air quality affects them and measure awareness of the simple actions that can help improve air quality.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been instructed by the Government to develop a plan which assesses a range of measures to reduce pollution – against the benchmark of a Clean Air Zone – in the shortest possible time.

Within the measures, the councils are exploring the introduction of bus retrofit schemes. This is in addition to strategies for raising awareness of air pollution and increasing awareness of actions that individuals can take. These could include reducing private car use, and using more sustainable and active ways of travelling.

Poor air quality is linked to almost 500 early deaths every year in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. 

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to the development of heart and lung diseases in adults, low birth weight among infants and poor lung development in children. Some studies suggest it may even contribute to mental health issues. 

Public Health England considers air pollution to be a significant cause of early deaths, along with smoking, obesity, alcohol abuse and drug use.

The survey is now closed

The closing date for completion was 30 April 2020.

Data protection

We will retain any personal contact details you provide for quality control purposes only under ISO20252/IQCS. In line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines, the data will not be retained for any longer than is required for this study. 

The information that you provide will not be sold or passed to any other persons or organisations, you will receive no marketing material because of completing this questionnaire and all results will be reported anonymously. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Last updated 1 May 2020

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