Basingstoke is a great place to live, and we want to keep it that way. High levels of house building and economic growth will put pressure on our air quality. All of us have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment. Maria is working with Basingstoke Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to raise awareness around the problems of air pollution and help residents understand how they can change their behaviour to tackle these problems, particularly around schools and other public services.
Maria said: “People usually think of air pollution as a problem mainly for our cities and industrial areas. But it can occur anywhere, and indeed in Basingstoke we have some localised areas of heightened air pollution, primarily due to road traffic.”
“All of us can take steps ourselves to help to reduce air pollution, by using public transport, or walking or cycling, as an alternative to our cars, and turning off our engines when the car is stationary.”
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