RESIDENTS and businesses close to Thurrock are being offered a breath of fresh air thanks to a new campaign to improve air quality in the region.
Basildon Borough Council, Essex County Council and Rochford District Council have teamed up to launch the clean air campaign to coincide with national Clean Air Day on Thursday, 21 June.
The councils are calling on residents and businesses to make small day-to-day changes to help make a big impact on air quality in South Essex.
Officers will be manning stalls at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon on Thursday, 21 June to help provide quick and easy tips on how everyone can help to improve air quality in their local area.
Simple lifestyle changes include:
· Switch off your car when stationary
· Check live traffic updates to avoid queues by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/traffic
· Leave the car at home and switch short journeys for walking, cycling and taking the bus
· Take the train or bus for a day out further afield
· Introduce cycle to work/school schemes
· Check out cycling routes and maps at www.essex.gov.uk/cycling
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 at www.essex.gov.uk/airquality. The survey runs from Thursday, 21 June until Friday, 20 July. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call 0345 743 0430 to fill out the survey over the phone.
The website – which launches on Thursday, 21 June – also has a whole host of useful links for those who want to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or use the bus and train more often.
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 at www.essex.gov.uk/airquality to help us better understand people’s travel habits and how we can best target our efforts to improve air quality.”
Councillor Kevin Blake, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the 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.
“National Clean Air Day is an ideal opportunity to start thinking about the little changes we can each make to improve air quality like taking part in bike to work schemes and using public transport to help reduce the numbers of cars on our roads.”
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Cllr Mike Webb 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.”
Find out more from Thursday, 21 June at www.essex.gov.uk/airquality.