Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme launch Air Quality Survey
An online survey has been launched to gauge how poor air quality affects the local community.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council are seeking the views of residents, schools, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders from today as part of steps being taken for cleaner air in the area.
The survey, open until 30 April, will inform work to tackle air pollution levels in some areas which is affecting the health of local people. It can be found at Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme launch Air Quality Survey and will also measure awareness of the simple actions that can help improve air quality.
Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and chair of the cross-agency Joint Advisory Group for air quality, said: “This is an opportunity for local residents to voice their views about air pollution and how it affects them in their community. We are keen to hear from all sections of society – residents, schools, businesses and community groups.
“Air pollution is everyone’s responsibility and we need to know how we can help people make better choices when it comes to air quality."
Anyone aged 16 or over is invited to complete the survey which should take 5 minutes to complete.
Poor air quality is linked to almost 500 early deaths every year in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Rising air pollution levels is the largest environmental health risk individuals face today. Long term exposure can cause heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weights and poor lung development in children and may even contribute to mental health issues.
How to respond
The survey can be found on the councils Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme launch Air Quality Survey page and should be completed by 30 April. Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in, or travels to, Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme is invited to respond.
Last updated 26 February 2020
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