25 March 2021
We have known for years that there are at least 110 premature deaths in Southampton every year due to air pollution , and thousands more whose health suffers badly due to it. Those affected are also more at risk from Covid-19. However next to nothing has been done by the City Council about it.
Southampton and District Green Party are calling for action on air quality. This means cancelling the airport expansion. It means making clean air zones where people shop and go to school, reducing traffic in these areas by pedestrianisation and traffic control measures. It means encouraging businesses to reduce pollution and everyone to reduce their use of their cars and make sure that they are all to the best low emission standards. Roadworks aiming to increase the flow of traffic will just make things worse.
Greens would invest in a safe, clean and accessible public transport network that makes travel easier and cheaper and reduces emissions.
It is shambolic that the majority of ships berthing in Southampton docks have no facilities for ship to shore power. The port receives the largest ships in the world and while in port they continue to pollute our city as if it were a 3rd rate hell hole.
Spokesperson Katherine Barbour reminded civic leaders, “We need our representatives to show more leadership. Having a Green City strategy only works to reduce air pollution if meaningful action is taken.”