Farnham Air Quality Campaign is a group campaigning for Waverley Borough Council to do traffic modelling for improved traffic measures, and for sustainable development in the centre of town etc. Nitrogen dioxide levels are already very high, especially in the Borough.
Please support a protest on Friday 2 March between 11.00am and 12.00pm. It is being organised by The Farnham Air Quality Campaign Group, and we need as many people to come as possible. We are meeting at 11.00am outside 9 Castle Street, or outside the Nationwide B.S. under the arch if it is wet. It will be televised by BBC TV South and reported on by the Farnham Herald. The Green MEP, Keith Taylor, is coming to the march.
Please come to this, and bring as may friends as you can.
Here’s some background:
FARNHAM AIR QUALITY CAMPAIGN
NO to NO2
What is NO2?
NO2 is nitrogen dioxide. It’s a gaseous compound that comes from vehicle exhaust fumes.
And what’s the problem?
NO2 is bad for your health. It can affect your lungs. It can affect lung development in young children. It can be particularly harmful to anyone suffering from asthma.
Why should we be worried in Farnham?
Farnham has too much traffic in the town centre. Everyone knows that a drive into the town can mean long delays from vehicles queuing nose to tail around our narrow roads. A lot of us have been stuck in congestion and even total gridlock. Too much traffic means too many exhaust fumes in the air we breathe.
So what do we know about air pollution in our town?
We know that levels of pollution from NO2 in Farnham town centre are often above government permitted levels. We know that because there are monitoring points for air quality all around the town.
And what’s being done about it?
The answer is simple – not enough. Our local councils have the responsibility to act on air pollution but things are not getting better, they may even be getting worse. This is just not fair. We, in Farnham, have the right to a healthy environment.
So what can you do?
Write, phone, email to your local Surrey and Waverley Councillors and demand that they act now to reduce pollution from traffic in Farnham. Tell your councillors there must be no more delay on air quality action. Tell them: