Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Air Pollution down by over half across Vale of White Horse as walking and cycling increases


On World Environment Day we can celebrate the reduction in traffic and air pollution in our Lib Dem led Vale of White Horse.

Though some of the fall has been led by the lockdown measures in place due to Covid-19, as Liberal Democrats we want to see the trend continue.

Lib Dem Councillor Jenny Hannaby, the Council's Cabinet Member for Housing & Environment, said: “Many people have discovered (or re-discovered) walking and cycling and the benefits it brings both the environment and our health. I will be urging the county council to make the most of the money they are getting from the Government to improve road safety so that people feel able to continue walking and cycling.”

The Council's figures published just as we mark World Environment Day, show that there has been a marked reduction in Nitrogen Dioxides (NO2) in our air quality in these areas.  Reducing NO2 is crucial to better health outcomes for our community, especially those with breathing difficulties or asthma. 

The council has four analysing devices - Duke Street, Henley, High Street, Wallingford, Couching Street in Watlington and Stert Street in Abingdon.

AQMA_June 2020

*table from the Vale of White Horse District Council


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