Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

CAReless Pollution campaign

CAReless Pollution is a Colchester-wide campaign that launched in October 2020. It encourages drivers to switch off their engines when stationary to help improve air quality in the town and to reduce the amount of polluted air that people breathe inside their cars.

Scientific research shows that air pollution inside a car with the engine running is seven times higher than the air pollution outside the car. There is strong evidence that links air pollution to heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer.

Switching off your engine is a simple action that brings health benefits to all car drivers and everyone inside the car. It can also cut pollution in Colchester by up to 30%.

Watch this two-minute film to learn more about air pollution.


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