Air Pollution - Action Required by Oxford City Council to protect public health
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In 2014, Public Health England estimated that 6% of deaths in Oxford can be directly attributed to air pollution. Just because you cannot see air pollution does not mean it is not making you ill.
Many development plans are being approved with little regard to the increase in pollution that will result; Port Meadow is already in danger of losing its special status for endangered fauna and flora.
A cross party committee of MPs have declared that Air Pollution in the UK is a "public health emergency".
To satisfy the emissions targets, the Council relies on disgraced emissions improvement data provided by motor manufacturers.
The Council must be more accountable for increases in pollution from developments it has authorised or permits in future.
WHAT WE ARE PETITIONING THE OXFORD CITY COUNCIL IS TO AGREE THAT ITS POLICY WILL REQUIRE:
1. Full independent Health Impact Assessments are undertaken, in accordance with EU legal requirements, for real-time sampling of air quality (not predictions) for any planned development
2. Regular monitoring of emissions in all development areas with input from local residents when requested.
3. Publish results from monitoring.
4. Put in place contingency plans if emissions do not comply with legal limits, for example, by banning or restricting heavy emission vehicles (tourist coaches/HGVs/freight trains etc) from the City to keep within limits.
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