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Clean air for Colchester: be part of the change

The survey also looks at how people could be encouraged to make changes to their habits

Date issued: 9 October 2019

A two-year project has launched today to raise awareness of air quality issues in Colchester and encourage people to act.

Residents, businesses, schools and community groups are invited to view a short video and complete a survey to give the Colchester Borough Council’s Air Quality Project team a better understanding of what people currently know about air quality and the impact it has on their health. The survey also looks at how people could be encouraged to make changes in their habits – like switching car engines off whilst stationary, which can cut pollution by up to 30%.

Councillor Martin Goss, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “It was great to see that Colchester was ranked as one of the most climate-friendly areas in England and Wales, in the recent Friends of the Earth league table. However, the environment remains our number-one priority and it’s important that we continue our work to improve our air quality in Colchester, especially to lower emissions in our most polluted streets.

“This survey is just the start and we’ve already had lots of interest from residents who have a real appetite for change. The project team will also be visiting lots of local groups over the coming months, talking to people face to face. I urge everyone to fill in the survey and help us create a Better Colchester.”

The survey can be completed by visiting colchester.gov.uk/cleanair. A special short video can be seen on the council’s Twitter and Facebook channels.

Over the coming months, the council’s Air Quality Project team will be visiting local groups and meetings to talk to resident’s face to face. Please contact the team to find out more by emailing cleanair@colchester.gov.uk

The project to help enhance the borough’s air quality supports the objectives of Livewell Colchester which aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing.

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