Breathe in Brighton event to discuss tackling air pollution

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, will speak at the Breathe in Brighton event
Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, will speak at the Breathe in Brighton event

The city’s ‘poor air quality’ will be discussed at a Breathe in Brighton meeting at the Brighthelm Centre this afternoon (July 16).

Environmental consultancy Argyll Environmental has partnered with the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre to host a second public event to raise awareness of air pollution in the city with a focus on transport and reducing emissions.

The event is set provide a platform for local transport companies and the council to voice their current and future plans to reduce air pollution in Brighton.

It will also be an opportunity to showcase local organisations who are working on this issue and discuss ways in which everyone can make a positive change.

Those attending include Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s South East MEP, Tom Druitt of The Big Lemon Bus Company, Dr Kirsty Smallbone from the University of Brighton and Zedify’s Sam Keam,.

Chris Loaring, head of consultancy at Argyll Environmental, said: “The Breathe in Brighton event aims to increase awareness of transport’s contribution to air pollution in Brighton. We want to inform the local community and decision makers of its impact on health and the environment, and discuss solutions to reduce transport-related pollution.

“The event will include speakers from local transport companies, the council, air quality experts from the University of Brighton and walking and cycling charity Sustrans. The aim is to make sure everyone’s voice is heard and help us create and shape the future of Brighton’s transport – for the benefit of everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

Mike Butler of the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre said: “Each year as many as 40,000 lives are shortened by poor air quality and it costs the NHS £20 billion annually – it’s a public health emergency. Road transport has continued to be the main cause of air pollution in Brighton & Hove. Through this campaign we are promoting the benefits of public transport and cycling, and working with the Council to be ambitious in its efforts to tackle this problem.

“We want to engage with local taxi and bus companies to encourage them to reduce their emissions in the city. We are also campaigning to reduce traffic flows around Brighton Station, Preston Circus and North Street to significantly improve air quality for local residents.”

To register for a free ticket to the Breathe in Bright event, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breathe-in-brighton-help-us-shape-the-future-of-brightons-transport-tickets-46973796891