Inquiry into Southampton's poor air quality

Inquiry into city's poor air quality

Inquiry into city's poor air quality

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

CIVIC chiefs in Southampton are set to launch an inquiry into the city’s poor air quality.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the city has been shamed by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Commission (EC) recently over the quality of its air.

Southampton is one of the UK’s nine worst air pollution offenders according to the WHO, while it is lagging behind strict EC controls on nitrous oxide levels.

And figures from the Department of Health show people in Southampton are more likely to die from the effects of air pollution than anywhere else in Hampshire.

Around 6.31 per cent of deaths in the city are attributed to air pollution, the sixth-worst in the UK and that figure has risen in recent years.

Now city councillor Jeremy Moulton, left, says he will use his role as overview and scrutiny chairman to kick start an inquiry to find ways of improving the problem.

The overview and scrutiny panel, which meets to look at council policies and ways to improve the city, could then put forward a number of recommendations for the council to implement.

Cllr Moulton, who is also deputy leader of the council’s Conservative group, said: “We will look at the council’s air quality management plan and consider, in light of recent reports about the declining air quality, whether it can be beefed up and what more can be done.

“A major cause of pollution is traffic and this is exacerbated by congestion.

“Slow-moving lorries coming in and out of the docks will be a significant factor and we need to see how we can speed up the traffic.

“Also another contributory factor is likely to be docks shipping. So I think this inquiry needs to look at the city council’s transport options and also to engage with Associated British Ports.

“Another possible partner will be the bus companies.”

Cllr Moulton says he plans to start the inquiry this summer, and will also look for contributions from public health professionals.

Labour public health chief, Dave Shields, said: “I always think it is useful to look at issues through inquiries as long as there is objectivity, and I’m grateful that the scrutiny panel is raising this issue.

“This might be a good opportunity to drill down and look at the health issues related to air quality.”

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5:48am Mon 16 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Most of its down to all the standing traffic trying to get round the city.
Most of its down to all the standing traffic trying to get round the city. Woolston ollie
  • Score: 16

6:04am Mon 16 Jun 14

loosehead says...

So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?
So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station? loosehead
  • Score: 5

6:21am Mon 16 Jun 14

townieboy says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Most of its down to all the standing traffic trying to get round the city.
Totaly agree. You cant drive anywhere with road works and the traffic lights stopping the traffic. Lorries . buses are the main air polluters. most new cars have stop start so mostly produce nil poluttion at stand still.
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Most of its down to all the standing traffic trying to get round the city.[/p][/quote]Totaly agree. You cant drive anywhere with road works and the traffic lights stopping the traffic. Lorries . buses are the main air polluters. most new cars have stop start so mostly produce nil poluttion at stand still. townieboy
  • Score: 10

7:15am Mon 16 Jun 14

bigfella777 says...

Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity.
Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity. bigfella777
  • Score: -3

8:11am Mon 16 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

loosehead wrote:
So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?
They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers !
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?[/p][/quote]They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: -13

8:44am Mon 16 Jun 14

SimonSomeone says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity.
GEOENGINEERINGWATCH.

ORG / COLLAPSE OFEARTH 2014 . ON YOU TUBE WATCH IT ALL !!!!! dont want to panic anyone but this is red ALERT !MAKE THIS PUBLIC NOW !
Nurse! He's out of bed again,
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity.[/p][/quote]GEOENGINEERINGWATCH. ORG / COLLAPSE OFEARTH 2014 . ON YOU TUBE WATCH IT ALL !!!!! dont want to panic anyone but this is red ALERT !MAKE THIS PUBLIC NOW ![/p][/quote]Nurse! He's out of bed again, SimonSomeone
  • Score: 12

9:16am Mon 16 Jun 14

camerajuan says...

Can an admin please remove the illuminati member from these boards?
Can an admin please remove the illuminati member from these boards? camerajuan
  • Score: -4

11:35am Mon 16 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?
They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers !
Was there no airport or fords when you bought your house? Why do you resent businesses supplying employment in the area and contributing to the pensions of older residents? Since you clearly wish to move, why are you talking down the saleability of your house?
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?[/p][/quote]They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers ![/p][/quote]Was there no airport or fords when you bought your house? Why do you resent businesses supplying employment in the area and contributing to the pensions of older residents? Since you clearly wish to move, why are you talking down the saleability of your house? Dai Rear
  • Score: 6

11:47am Mon 16 Jun 14

funchal says...

I really believe that the buses are creating a lot of pollution. I counted 23 buses in Shirley high street this morning with a total of 17 passengers! I think that says it all.
I really believe that the buses are creating a lot of pollution. I counted 23 buses in Shirley high street this morning with a total of 17 passengers! I think that says it all. funchal
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Mon 16 Jun 14

skeptik says...

The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help.
The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help. skeptik
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

skeptik wrote:
The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help.
Well they should put them away. It's against the law.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help.[/p][/quote]Well they should put them away. It's against the law. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Mon 16 Jun 14

good-gosh says...

The air in Soton may be frightful, but in Totton it's so delightful.
The air in Soton may be frightful, but in Totton it's so delightful. good-gosh
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity.
Kill yourself.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Bring in a congestion charge. £5 a day would do it. Maybe people would start thinking before they form these ridiculous queues every morning . it is quicker to walk in the city centre than drive most days. Pure idleness and vanity.[/p][/quote]Kill yourself. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Dai Rear wrote:
skeptik wrote:
The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help.
Well they should put them away. It's against the law.
Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The tool booths on that damned bridge do not help.[/p][/quote]Well they should put them away. It's against the law.[/p][/quote]Idiot. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -3

1:41pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"Kill yourself " " idiot " Oh the wonders of a State education. Could it be that you are actually the tool?
"Kill yourself " " idiot " Oh the wonders of a State education. Could it be that you are actually the tool? Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Mon 16 Jun 14

sophisticated says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?
They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers !
Sholing children also use the inhalers, there is a designated basket for the inhalers in each class. It seems the norm. Go to Gosport and you notice a change in the quality of air, much fresher.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?[/p][/quote]They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers ![/p][/quote]Sholing children also use the inhalers, there is a designated basket for the inhalers in each class. It seems the norm. Go to Gosport and you notice a change in the quality of air, much fresher. sophisticated
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

loosehead says...

I wonder what would be the outcry if our council made it so only Electrical/Gas powered vehicles & cycles could be used in the city & no petrol or diesel vehicles?
With exception to the Cruise ship trade?
I wonder what would be the outcry if our council made it so only Electrical/Gas powered vehicles & cycles could be used in the city & no petrol or diesel vehicles? With exception to the Cruise ship trade? loosehead
  • Score: 2

3:59pm Mon 16 Jun 14

forest hump says...

loosehead wrote:
I wonder what would be the outcry if our council made it so only Electrical/Gas powered vehicles & cycles could be used in the city & no petrol or diesel vehicles?
With exception to the Cruise ship trade?
Careful! The cave mentality is creeping in !
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I wonder what would be the outcry if our council made it so only Electrical/Gas powered vehicles & cycles could be used in the city & no petrol or diesel vehicles? With exception to the Cruise ship trade?[/p][/quote]Careful! The cave mentality is creeping in ! forest hump
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Zeo says...

good-gosh wrote:
The air in Soton may be frightful, but in Totton it's so delightful.
Totton have Air Quality Control too, especially around the prescient and junction road...
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: The air in Soton may be frightful, but in Totton it's so delightful.[/p][/quote]Totton have Air Quality Control too, especially around the prescient and junction road... Zeo
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Mon 16 Jun 14

wilson castaway says...

sophisticated wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?
They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers !
Sholing children also use the inhalers, there is a designated basket for the inhalers in each class. It seems the norm. Go to Gosport and you notice a change in the quality of air, much fresher.
Thanks...but I live next to fords and the airport and my kids do not use inhalers.They also have no allergies and are rarely sick.odd that.
[quote][p][bold]sophisticated[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So why are Labour getting rid of an air monitoring station?[/p][/quote]They must be removing air monitoring system because the air quality is now so bad they have to hide the fact ! I live near to eastliegh airport and when the winds blowing from the north east my whole house and garden get absolutely smothered in aviation fumes these fumes fill my house and garden all day untill the airport closes , my 3 children all suffer from breathing problems and use inhalers , whilst the airport carries on making a fortune ! I bet the chief executive of this airport doesnt have his familly bathed in AIRPORT POLLUTION 24/7 rant over i m pixxed off ! Fed up to my back teeth of these powerfull corporations making a fortune regardless of the impact their companys have on people living near by . Thank goodness fords has gone because we used to get bathed in fords paint shop smell and the airport and the m27 its no wonder why nearly all the children in mansbridge and swaythling use inhalers ![/p][/quote]Sholing children also use the inhalers, there is a designated basket for the inhalers in each class. It seems the norm. Go to Gosport and you notice a change in the quality of air, much fresher.[/p][/quote]Thanks...but I live next to fords and the airport and my kids do not use inhalers.They also have no allergies and are rarely sick.odd that. wilson castaway
  • Score: 0

1:21am Tue 17 Jun 14

Rob444 says...

I believe that busses in Sweden have to be fitted with soot collectors to filter out the tiny particles that diesel engines produce. These particles can lodge in people's lungs and cause tumours.
I believe that busses in Sweden have to be fitted with soot collectors to filter out the tiny particles that diesel engines produce. These particles can lodge in people's lungs and cause tumours. Rob444
  • Score: 0

8:19am Tue 17 Jun 14

Zeo says...

Southampton needs it tram system back on it's major routes to remove buses and to reopen the disused lines and stations i.e. Northam and Canute Road and HCC need to reopen the Waterside Line - maybe a metro style oyster card that can work on train and tram.
Southampton needs it tram system back on it's major routes to remove buses and to reopen the disused lines and stations i.e. Northam and Canute Road and HCC need to reopen the Waterside Line - maybe a metro style oyster card that can work on train and tram. Zeo
  • Score: 0

8:27am Tue 17 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Zeo wrote:
Southampton needs it tram system back on it's major routes to remove buses and to reopen the disused lines and stations i.e. Northam and Canute Road and HCC need to reopen the Waterside Line - maybe a metro style oyster card that can work on train and tram.
No we need the monorail that Alan Whitehead wanted.
[quote][p][bold]Zeo[/bold] wrote: Southampton needs it tram system back on it's major routes to remove buses and to reopen the disused lines and stations i.e. Northam and Canute Road and HCC need to reopen the Waterside Line - maybe a metro style oyster card that can work on train and tram.[/p][/quote]No we need the monorail that Alan Whitehead wanted. loosehead
  • Score: 0

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