Northampton has an Air Quality problem.
There are 7 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in the town, where the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide is above the legal level. The Borough Council, in conjunction with partner organisations across the County has published a Draft Low Emission Strategy, detailing how they are going to try and reduce the levels of pollution.
This strategy is going out to a public consultation, which will run from 8-12 weeks across the Summer.
The Northamptonshire Green Party, over the last couple of months, has been starting to run a targeted campaign to look at the air quality ourselves - both inside and outside of the AQMAs, so that we can get a better idea as to how this is affecting health across the town.
We want to step this up during the period of the public consultation - let's take this opportunity to start a debate about the air quality in the town, and to back it up with solid data that is open to everybody as soon as the lab returns the results.
We place a small measuring device called a diffusion tube on a lamppost next to the road. Over a period of 4 weeks, this measures the amount of Nitrogen Dioxide in the air. The tube is then sent off to a lab for testing and the figures are sent back to us around ten days later.
The more tubes we can place, the more complete our data will be. And that's where you can help.
Can you pledge enough money to our campaign to help us place more tubes?
Every donation will help us to measure in more locations and we have set reward levels where we will place the tube in an area of your choice.
You can see our figures so far at our interactive google map
This really is a big deal. Mortality rates due to respiratory illness in Northampton are above the national average, and they are higher than anywhere else in the County. It's affecting the health of our citizens, and its affecting the life outcomes of our children.
Let's start trying to fix this.
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