Councils told to more to protect people from air pollution as south east is named as worst area in the UK

Essex County Standard: Council told: Do more to protect people from air pollution Council told: Do more to protect people from air pollution

Local authorities need to do more to protect people from harmful air pollution, health officials have said after new estimates suggest that thousands die every year as a result of poor air quality.

Long-term exposure to air pollution led to around 25,000 deaths in England in 2010, Public Health England (PHE) said.

The highest number of deaths were recorded in the south east of England where 4,034 deaths in people over the age of 25 were attributable to air pollution.

There were 3,389 deaths in London linked to poor air quality.

Other parts of England had between 2,000 and 3,000 deaths attributable to air pollution apart from the north east, where 1,199 deaths were associated with air pollution.

Last week, Essex suffered high levels of air pollution from a combination of smog and Sahara dust. 

Essex Weather Centre reported pollution levels of ten, the highest possible score on the measurement scale, for 48 hours on Wednesday and Thursday last week. 

Air pollution in Essex was measured as higher than Los Angeles and Beijing. 

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7:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

All that smoke from the pie ovens...
All that smoke from the pie ovens... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

What are they going to do, tell you to get on your bike?
I am never giving up my planet slayer. I will drive when I want, where I want and I will park on any pavement I want to.
Bah
What are they going to do, tell you to get on your bike? I am never giving up my planet slayer. I will drive when I want, where I want and I will park on any pavement I want to. Bah Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -9

7:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Nebs says...

With prevailing winds from the west, the best thing the council can do is send the bill for anything and everything to do with this, to London.
With prevailing winds from the west, the best thing the council can do is send the bill for anything and everything to do with this, to London. Nebs
  • Score: 1

8:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

iain beag says...

Build walls with infra red detection that zaps any pollution that strays into Essex terrortory
Or
Find alternative form of power.
Hmmm. I predict human extinction.
Build walls with infra red detection that zaps any pollution that strays into Essex terrortory Or Find alternative form of power. Hmmm. I predict human extinction. iain beag
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
What are they going to do, tell you to get on your bike?
I am never giving up my planet slayer. I will drive when I want, where I want and I will park on any pavement I want to.
Bah
Ah. The unrequited American in our midst.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: What are they going to do, tell you to get on your bike? I am never giving up my planet slayer. I will drive when I want, where I want and I will park on any pavement I want to. Bah[/p][/quote]Ah. The unrequited American in our midst. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Thu 10 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around.
Stop expanding airports.
This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around. Stop expanding airports. jolllyboy
  • Score: -3

10:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Nebs says...

jolllyboy wrote:
This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around.
Stop expanding airports.
If you buy a house downwind from a polluting capital city then you have to expect a bit of air pollution.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around. Stop expanding airports.[/p][/quote]If you buy a house downwind from a polluting capital city then you have to expect a bit of air pollution. Nebs
  • Score: -4

10:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Citizen 139 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around.
Stop expanding airports.
I think you'll find that shipping causes more pollution than aircraft. Stop expanding ports!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: This govt approves regional airports - that just spreads the pollution around. Stop expanding airports.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that shipping causes more pollution than aircraft. Stop expanding ports! Citizen 139
  • Score: 2

3:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

emcee says...

I, along with many others it seems, fail to see what exactly the local authority can do about it short of issuing face masks to every household, closing the ports (both air and sea) and stop people travelling in, out and around the county in petrol and diesel fueled motorised vehicles. Essex is hardly the centre of mass industry, burning tons of fossil fuels, either.

Can the Echo actually do some real reporting and ask these "health officials" what exactly they expect the councils of Essex to do about it.
I, along with many others it seems, fail to see what exactly the local authority can do about it short of issuing face masks to every household, closing the ports (both air and sea) and stop people travelling in, out and around the county in petrol and diesel fueled motorised vehicles. Essex is hardly the centre of mass industry, burning tons of fossil fuels, either. Can the Echo actually do some real reporting and ask these "health officials" what exactly they expect the councils of Essex to do about it. emcee
  • Score: 7

8:32am Fri 11 Apr 14

Bernard 87 says...

Perhaps councils in Essex (particularly Thurrock and Basildon) should stop building on greenbelt land. That may help decrease our pollution levels a fair bit.
Perhaps councils in Essex (particularly Thurrock and Basildon) should stop building on greenbelt land. That may help decrease our pollution levels a fair bit. Bernard 87
  • Score: 4

8:37am Fri 11 Apr 14

gizabreak says...

When the councils stop encouraging the use of the buses pouring their diesel fumes all over the kids in buggies and small children waiting on busy road islands as the traffic belches out fumes then I will think that they give a ****.
When the councils stop encouraging the use of the buses pouring their diesel fumes all over the kids in buggies and small children waiting on busy road islands as the traffic belches out fumes then I will think that they give a ****. gizabreak
  • Score: -2

9:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

OckendonPaul says...

The people behind this report obviously didn't live in Thurrock during the 60's and 70's when pollution from the cement factories meant a permanent film of cement dust covered the area!
Heavy industry is on the decline and vehicles are less polluting than they've ever been (370 busses aside). Air quality, like the water in the Thames, is better now than it has been for over a century (I remember central London buildings being black with soot and requiring regular cleaning)
Mind you the government seem keen to make up the shortfall by cramming ever more people into what green space we've got left...
The people behind this report obviously didn't live in Thurrock during the 60's and 70's when pollution from the cement factories meant a permanent film of cement dust covered the area! Heavy industry is on the decline and vehicles are less polluting than they've ever been (370 busses aside). Air quality, like the water in the Thames, is better now than it has been for over a century (I remember central London buildings being black with soot and requiring regular cleaning) Mind you the government seem keen to make up the shortfall by cramming ever more people into what green space we've got left... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 0

10:21am Fri 11 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Bernard 87 wrote:
Perhaps councils in Essex (particularly Thurrock and Basildon) should stop building on greenbelt land. That may help decrease our pollution levels a fair bit.
Plant more trees too.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: Perhaps councils in Essex (particularly Thurrock and Basildon) should stop building on greenbelt land. That may help decrease our pollution levels a fair bit.[/p][/quote]Plant more trees too. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

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