Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for Berkshire and the South East, brought his new air pollution campaign to Reading today Monday 18 July. He met with local Green councilor, Melanie Eastwood, who has successfully lobbied for air pollution monitoring to be re-installed outside Alfred Sutton Primary School, a pollution hotspot with high levels of the pollutant Nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Councillor Eastwood said: “As an asthma sufferer since childhood, this is a matter close to my heart. The landscape around the school, stretching far and wide, has changed at an alarming rate over recent years. In just the last 5 years alone, a huge part of East Reading, particularly the land owned by Reading University, has been so significantly developed it is unrecogniseable.
“Both Reading and Wokingham Local Authorities need to face the reality that they are losing the ecological battle in the town and that they are putting our lives at risk by continuing to permit the large-scale development that is taking place in this area.
“This area is very densely populated, losing any more trees or open spaces will see the pollution levels rise to such an extent that the health of our children will suffer. Quality of life includes being able to have the right to enjoy the natural environment around us and I fear that not enough is being done to give the children in Reading this choice”.
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