Air Quality Monitoring

Supporting Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan

The Friends of Carrington Moss are very concerned that the plans for this area will significantly increase air pollution, putting lives at risk and reducing life expectancy for many local residents. We’ll be publishing information about our concerns on a regular basis but, in the meantime, we have created 3 short videos that you can view on our YouTube Channel at the links below:

Air Quality Workshop 29th January 2021

On 29th January 2021, we were delighted to have a wide range of participants joining our Air Quality Workshop. With experience from various walks of life, from landowners to Trafford officers, from Parish Councillors to Air Quality experts (in a number of guises), and from schools to community representatives, we had a lot of talent around our virtual table.

An interactive event, taking input from experts to support collaborative work on three specific activities
Sue Huyton opened the workshop with some really interesting insights about Air Pollution in GM
During the event we also heard from Chris Jones (Hilti) who talked to us about their Sustainability Strategy, including their aim to tackle their carbon footprint. You can find some background about the Hiti Foundation by clicking on the image above.
To introduce our 3 activities, we also presented some information to add some context and to provide a bit of focus to the workshop
Participants worked together on Jamboard files to provide further inputs to the Design Principles, the Opportunities and Challenges and to the Next Step Actions

We are asking attendees to provide their feedback on the workshop outputs by 26th February 2021. If you have any thoughts or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking on the button below. We’ll consolidate and share all the feedback over the coming weeks.

The invisible threat: How we can protect people from air pollution and create a fairer, healthier society

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) and Asthma UK have issued a new report, which focuses on our exposure to fine particulate matter and highlights the potential risk to millions of people as a result of the toxic air they breathe.  They are calling for the publication of a life-saving national health protection plan for toxic air that is underpinned by bold clean air laws.

It is now recognised that Air Pollution is a major health issue in the UK, causing between an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 premature deaths each year.  Air pollution increases the chances of a person developing lung cancer and cardiovascular disease and may be associated with cognitive decline, including dementia.

The current legal limit for (particulate matter) PM2.5 in the UK is more than twice the WHO recommendation, at 25 micrograms per cubic metre. The BLF and Asthma UK are demanding the government reduce that to the 10 micrograms per cubic metres limit recommended by the WHO.

The BLF and Asthma UK have also launched a refreshed digital clean air campaigns hub where people can find out more about air pollution and how dangerous it is where they live.

The NHS bodies that make up the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have mirrored the decision of Greater Manchester Combined Authority and all 10 Greater Manchester councils to declare a climate emergency.

The decisions made by all of these bodies should now reflect those declarations.

We have also included some links to useful websites below: