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Slough signs up to Charter for Cleaner Air in bid to tackle air pollution

A charter calling for Government action over air quality has been backed by Slough Borough Council.

Oxford City Council has launched a Charter for Cleaner Air in partnership with Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth which urges the Government to prioritise the health of its communities.

It includes a 10-point list of demands such as banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars before its targeted 2040 deadline, providing greater investment in public transport and revising the tax regime to encourage people to use cleaner vehicles.

Members of the SBC cabinet met on Monday (Jul16) to discuss whether to sign up to the charter.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “While this is a call to Government to do something, one thing we do know is that pollutions knows no boundaries.

“We can do what we can with things in our control but we need there to be a national framework and greater clarity from the Government about what they want to achieve.”

He said the council had a responsibility to improve air quality locally and pointed to its new town centre headquarters which will be free of petrol and diesel cars.

Council leader James Swindlehurst told the meeting, held at St Martin’s Place, the council was ‘serious’ about improving air quality.

He said this was demonstrated by the council’s plan to draw up a five-point strategy to tackle climate change.

Cllr Anderson added: “While the charter calls for national leadership, we need to show local leadership as well and do our bit.

“Even if it’s a national issue that needs fixing, we need to play our part as well.”

Cabinet agreed to sign up to the charter.

The Express has approached the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs for comment.

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  • Stranger

    20:08, 20 July 2019

    This is an entirely fraudulent issue, and as a Slough resident I oppose it wholeheartedly. It's clearly an attempt to transfer all the blame to the motorist, when the actual causes of atmospheric pollution are never addressed. Overpopulation for a start, second, look up how much greenhouse gas is produced by central heating. Then let us know how many petrol cars produce the equivalent NOx to a single passenger jet. Aircraft fuel is untaxed and Heathrow is being expanded to allow for even more polluting passenger jets. And you blame atmospheric pollution on cars going to shops and schools? Fraud! You lot are on the take. Here's a scientific measure of actual pollution in Slough by the way. Wake me up when it gets to even a MODERATE level. This is a non-issue, they've taken their brown paper envelopes, and now they have plans to reduce our quality of life while increasing pollution by overpopulation strategies and the encouragement of even more air travel by expanding Heathrow. Don't let these people get away with it. Slough Borough Council, you are liars. https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting/locations?q=Slough

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  • Paludian

    16:04, 17 July 2019

    Improve air quality??? This coming from the same Slough Borough Council whose members have taken huge bribes from Heathrow as the price for increasing pollution from aircraft by 50%.

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