TWPTUG wants to see a a vast reduction in air pollution deaths and suffering.
(Picture from TWPTUG AGM, 19 October 2015)
Air Quality - Summary of developments since the last meeting with the Local Authority: Recently, North Tyneside has received a £1.2m grant to retro fit 69 buses with technology to bring engines to Euro 6 standards, extra diffusion tubes for the DEFRA identified potential (by 2020) exceedance area on A1058 at Newcastle/North Tyneside boundary. No progress on draft Air Quality Strategy, though, and Local Authority have failed to provide DEFRA with draft strategy for dealing with the potential "Exceedance"area, due 31/3/2018, and subject to Freedom of Information enquiry from Friends of the Earth nationally. No progress on diffusion tubes for all schools either or re-location of tubes to north west of borough-at our suggestion and still not done according to 2017 Air Status Report.
Suggested Event - At a supermarket to highlight people letting car engines "idle" in car parks, urging a switch off while waiting. Also, what about suggesting all supermarkets put a sign up to encourage customers to do this?
We will be wearing t-shirts and leafleting against air pollution, as part of our Pedestrian Rights Campaign. This is especially important given the danger of cars and their pollution on the sea front when it's very hot. No attempt has been made to make the sea front car-free like they did at the Tynemouth Festival. Please come and join us!
Newcastle has an estimated 225 premature deaths a year due to air pollution, mainly from traffic, and Gosforth has two of the worst areas for air pollution in Newcastle - Gosforth High Street and South Gosforth roundabout.
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Cullercoats harbour Day and campaign against air pollution, August 2018.