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Clean Air for Colchester – Be part of the change

Pollution isn’t just a problem in big cities. Some areas of Colchester exceed EU guidelines on pollution levels. 

These areas include residential streets such as Brook Street, East Hill and parts of Mersea Road and Military Road. A major cause of this pollution is vehicle emissions.

About the Clean Air for Colchester project

To support air quality improvements in the borough, we have been awarded funding to manage a two-year Clean Air for Colchester project. This community-led project aims to cut pollution from cars, buses and vans.

The project, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), focuses on changing habits and encouraging people to walk and cycle for short journeys.

We know from research that small changes to driving habits, such as switching the engine off whilst stationary, can cut pollution by up to 20-30%.

The effects of air pollution

Air pollution has been linked to many health problems including asthma, strokes, cancer and heart disease. Shockingly, 1 in 20 deaths in Colchester are linked to pollution.

Children are particularly at risk. Research has shown pollution affects their lung growth and development. The pregnant women, the elderly and those with heart and respiratory conditions are also vulnerable to its effects.

Page last reviewed: 5 October 2020