Wirral Council strategy to tackle air pollution

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council strategy to tackle air pollution Wirral Council strategy to tackle air pollution

LOCAL authorities have been told they need to do more to protect people from harmful air pollution.

The call came after new estimates suggested thousands die each year as a result of poor air quality.

In Wirral, the deaths of 166 people over the age of 25 have been attributed to air pollution.

Long-term exposure to air pollution led to around 25,000 deaths in England in 2010, Public Health England (PHE) said, with 3,427 of those in the North west.

In Wirral, the deaths of 166 people over the age of 25 have been attributed to air pollution.

The borough's director of public health, Fiona Johnstone, says the authority is working hard to cut carbon emissions.

"Wirral Council monitors air pollution and works alongside the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs to identify any areas where statutory levels are exceeded," said Ms Johnstone.

"We are working hard to reduce air pollution, with schemes to cut carbon emissions and promote sustainable forms of transport.

"Cutting vehicle emissions will be central to improving the air quality in the borough.

"Earlier this year the authority consulted on a new climate change strategy, which will make Wirral more energy efficient, increase our use of forms of renewable energy and help us plan for unavoidable changes to our climate."

Swathes of England and Wales suffered extremely high pollution levels last month, with Wirral reaching levels seven and eight on Defra’s air pollution scale.

Wirral Council advised schoolchildren to stay indoors because of the dip in air quality, which was caused by a combination of dust from the Sahara Desert, emissions from the continent, low south-easterly winds and domestic pollution.

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8:48am Sat 12 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Er... not a lot then.
In fact I don't really see a strategy.
Er... not a lot then. In fact I don't really see a strategy. PaulCa
  • Score: 6

9:26am Sat 12 Apr 14

Growl Tiger says...

In the Brighton Street vicinity, however, the dip in air quality is caused by dust from sweepings under the carpet, the smell of whitewash, emissions from top of the range BMWs and hot winds blowing out of cantankerous councillors’ mouths.
In the Brighton Street vicinity, however, the dip in air quality is caused by dust from sweepings under the carpet, the smell of whitewash, emissions from top of the range BMWs and hot winds blowing out of cantankerous councillors’ mouths. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 7

9:39am Sat 12 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

Since the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Church Street,King and Brighton Street the air quality is very poor owing to traffic waiting on the lights changing. Very often the traffic is backed up as far as Rapport Road.
Perhaps the time has come to once more look at road junctions and remove traffic lights and replace with roundabouts.
Since the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Church Street,King and Brighton Street the air quality is very poor owing to traffic waiting on the lights changing. Very often the traffic is backed up as far as Rapport Road. Perhaps the time has come to once more look at road junctions and remove traffic lights and replace with roundabouts. ballacrain
  • Score: 3

9:50am Sat 12 Apr 14

JohnON says...

20 mph must be one of the least fuel-efficient speeds there is for motor vehicles so the Council seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with all the (proposed) 20 mph zones on one hand and wanting to reduce air pollution on the other.
20 mph must be one of the least fuel-efficient speeds there is for motor vehicles so the Council seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with all the (proposed) 20 mph zones on one hand and wanting to reduce air pollution on the other. JohnON
  • Score: 5

10:19am Sat 12 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

easiest way to reduce pollution is to cycle or walk, or even use public transport, the problem is it needs eduction of the ludditites who travel many miles to work by car, or even short distances to shop, because theyre lazy, or cant ride a bike.

Get on a bike and improve the air quality for all
easiest way to reduce pollution is to cycle or walk, or even use public transport, the problem is it needs eduction of the ludditites who travel many miles to work by car, or even short distances to shop, because theyre lazy, or cant ride a bike. Get on a bike and improve the air quality for all steady cyclist
  • Score: -6

10:30am Sat 12 Apr 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
In the Brighton Street vicinity, however, the dip in air quality is caused by dust from sweepings under the carpet, the smell of whitewash, emissions from top of the range BMWs and hot winds blowing out of cantankerous councillors’ mouths.
Ha ha, this is too easy! A local blogging site will have a field day. On a serious note; the Director responsible for this is not tainted with any previous controversy and should be taken seriously as appears to know her stuff.
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: In the Brighton Street vicinity, however, the dip in air quality is caused by dust from sweepings under the carpet, the smell of whitewash, emissions from top of the range BMWs and hot winds blowing out of cantankerous councillors’ mouths.[/p][/quote]Ha ha, this is too easy! A local blogging site will have a field day. On a serious note; the Director responsible for this is not tainted with any previous controversy and should be taken seriously as appears to know her stuff. Joeblogg85
  • Score: -2

10:34am Sat 12 Apr 14

JohnON says...

Wirral has a relatively high aging population compared to England and Wales as a whole.
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Many of us are no longer able to walk long distances or ride a bike; let alone carry bags full of shopping. Not because we're lazy.

Perhaps education of the luddites is a two-way thing.
Wirral has a relatively high aging population compared to England and Wales as a whole. http://tinyurl.com/q bptst8 Many of us are no longer able to walk long distances or ride a bike; let alone carry bags full of shopping. Not because we're lazy. Perhaps education of the luddites is a two-way thing. JohnON
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bigfoot says...

Is this a preparation for the introduction of Wirrals own LEZ andyet another opportunity to raise money from the motorist!
Is this a preparation for the introduction of Wirrals own LEZ andyet another opportunity to raise money from the motorist! bigfoot
  • Score: 2

8:48pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Marjestic says...

About bloody time. Some years ago I asked the Council to monitor the quality of air near to St Joseph's Primary School in Upton because of the volume of traffic and the vehicles stopped at the traffic lights. I was told they did not feel it was necessary to monitor in that area. This Council should get advice from Cheshire as they are way ahead in the Air Pollution monitoring game.
About bloody time. Some years ago I asked the Council to monitor the quality of air near to St Joseph's Primary School in Upton because of the volume of traffic and the vehicles stopped at the traffic lights. I was told they did not feel it was necessary to monitor in that area. This Council should get advice from Cheshire as they are way ahead in the Air Pollution monitoring game. Marjestic
  • Score: 0

10:27am Sun 13 Apr 14

David Scott says...

Removing Mersey Tunnel tolls would cut a lot of fumes from the queues at the toll booths in Wallasey and Birkenhead.
Removing Mersey Tunnel tolls would cut a lot of fumes from the queues at the toll booths in Wallasey and Birkenhead. David Scott
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Sun 13 Apr 14

WirralAl says...

Great to see the council are wasting hot air again.

What they don't say is what they are going to do about the problem.

How much does the pollution this council generate and what it will do itself to reduce emissions? Cut down journeys, better traffic management to prevent cars needing to stop as much. Provide better and less expensive transport systems ? Provide safe dedicated cycle paths? Free local parking to prevent people diving to out of town shops.

None of the above i guess just another load of blurb to make it appear that they appear to be taking action and the only action they will consider will cost us money as tax seems to be the only answer.

What does this feature actually state what they are going to do. Nothing so far!
Great to see the council are wasting hot air again. What they don't say is what they are going to do about the problem. How much does the pollution this council generate and what it will do itself to reduce emissions? Cut down journeys, better traffic management to prevent cars needing to stop as much. Provide better and less expensive transport systems ? Provide safe dedicated cycle paths? Free local parking to prevent people diving to out of town shops. None of the above i guess just another load of blurb to make it appear that they appear to be taking action and the only action they will consider will cost us money as tax seems to be the only answer. What does this feature actually state what they are going to do. Nothing so far! WirralAl
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Sun 13 Apr 14

David Scott says...

Well if we have an air pollution problem in Wirral it certainly isn't caused by industry - most of which has gone away!
Well if we have an air pollution problem in Wirral it certainly isn't caused by industry - most of which has gone away! David Scott
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Growl Tiger says...

Perhaps this article fits in nicely with the council’s recent purchase of a new Vauxhall to replace the Jaguar used by the Mayors of Wirral as they can now claim that the new shiny Vauxhall will give off fewer emissions.

It is also rumoured that the coronation of the new Mayor is not being held in the town hall as is tradition, but at the Floral Pavilion where, presumably, there will be an added cost implication.

On 7 November 2012 Mr Burgess is quoted as saying “We therefore need to spend less on ourselves in order to help mitigate the impact of the cuts on our most vulnerable residents”.

Since then there have been town hall refurbishments too numerous to mention, new BMWs, new Vauxhalls – heaven knows what else, but cuts to meals on wheels, cuts to school patrol personnel, threatened closure of Lyndale School and the continuing questionable behaviour of the council regarding Ponygate.

In the light of the phrase actions speak louder than words I think Mr Burgess’ statement in 2012 should have read “we therefore need to spend more on ourselves in order to negatively impact on the lives of our most vulnerable adults”.
Perhaps this article fits in nicely with the council’s recent purchase of a new Vauxhall to replace the Jaguar used by the Mayors of Wirral as they can now claim that the new shiny Vauxhall will give off fewer emissions. It is also rumoured that the coronation of the new Mayor is not being held in the town hall as is tradition, but at the Floral Pavilion where, presumably, there will be an added cost implication. On 7 November 2012 Mr Burgess is quoted as saying “We therefore need to spend less on ourselves in order to help mitigate the impact of the cuts on our most vulnerable residents”. Since then there have been town hall refurbishments too numerous to mention, new BMWs, new Vauxhalls – heaven knows what else, but cuts to meals on wheels, cuts to school patrol personnel, threatened closure of Lyndale School and the continuing questionable behaviour of the council regarding Ponygate. In the light of the phrase actions speak louder than words I think Mr Burgess’ statement in 2012 should have read “we therefore need to spend more on ourselves in order to negatively impact on the lives of our most vulnerable adults”. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Dantealighieri says...

I'm always puzzled by statistics. OK, I can understand so many accidents on the MI result in so many injuries, so many deaths, but estimates on air pollution! . Around 25,000 deaths, 3,427 in the north west, 166 in Wirral. As air pollution is a moving thing, it's not there all the time, so nodody breathes it in all the time, so how can the number of deaths be attributed to air pollution? 3,427 in the north west, 166 in Wirral, what exactly, 3,427, exactly 166, how does that work? Sounds like the 25,352 will live 5 years longer if you ban smoking in pubs, it also sounds like prepare to dip your hand into your wallet, it's going to cost you.
I'm always puzzled by statistics. OK, I can understand so many accidents on the MI result in so many injuries, so many deaths, but estimates on air pollution! . Around 25,000 deaths, 3,427 in the north west, 166 in Wirral. As air pollution is a moving thing, it's not there all the time, so nodody breathes it in all the time, so how can the number of deaths be attributed to air pollution? 3,427 in the north west, 166 in Wirral, what exactly, 3,427, exactly 166, how does that work? Sounds like the 25,352 will live 5 years longer if you ban smoking in pubs, it also sounds like prepare to dip your hand into your wallet, it's going to cost you. Dantealighieri
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Not IDS says...

Most of the efforts to cut carbon emissions have focused on reducing C02 levels, yet it is particulate matter (PM2.5s and smaller) that cause health problems and mortality. Diesel emissions are one of the biggest causes of particluates.
Most of the efforts to cut carbon emissions have focused on reducing C02 levels, yet it is particulate matter (PM2.5s and smaller) that cause health problems and mortality. Diesel emissions are one of the biggest causes of particluates. Not IDS
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Sun 20 Apr 14

uncatom says...

It may help if the taxi's parked all around Liscard switched off their engines, whilst waiting for fares, check it out, the price of fuel cant be a consideration!
It may help if the taxi's parked all around Liscard switched off their engines, whilst waiting for fares, check it out, the price of fuel cant be a consideration! uncatom
  • Score: 0

9:09am Mon 21 Apr 14

Hugo1008 says...

Hey folks can you smell the air of election spreading round the Borough, I actually spoke to that rare breed a Local Councilor and Member of Parliament all on the same day, Lucky Me.
The Councillors said at one point "Can I rely on your Support" my reply was yes if you take away the usless Brown Bin that clutters mine and many of my neighbours gardens, Brown Bins we never asked for but paid for only to be told if you want whatever you put in it taken away you have to pay even more.

Shortly after that I spoke to a mighty Member of Parliament, during the little bit of chit chat, I asked the question when are you lot going to sort out and finnaly come clean about Expenses, effect the MP beat a sharp retreat claiming they had to go urgent business.

On Both Occasions I never got an Honest Answer or even a half hearted explanation, Conclusion if you want more of the same then either do not bother to vote or just vote for the same old usless character who has been taking your money for years and giving you nothing in return.

And that believe me involves whatever political party asks for you vote.
Hey folks can you smell the air of election spreading round the Borough, I actually spoke to that rare breed a Local Councilor and Member of Parliament all on the same day, Lucky Me. The Councillors said at one point "Can I rely on your Support" my reply was yes if you take away the usless Brown Bin that clutters mine and many of my neighbours gardens, Brown Bins we never asked for but paid for only to be told if you want whatever you put in it taken away you have to pay even more. Shortly after that I spoke to a mighty Member of Parliament, during the little bit of chit chat, I asked the question when are you lot going to sort out and finnaly come clean about Expenses, effect the MP beat a sharp retreat claiming they had to go urgent business. On Both Occasions I never got an Honest Answer or even a half hearted explanation, Conclusion if you want more of the same then either do not bother to vote or just vote for the same old usless character who has been taking your money for years and giving you nothing in return. And that believe me involves whatever political party asks for you vote. Hugo1008
  • Score: 0

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