Friday, 28 April 2017

Clean air ruling is great news for Maidstone

I was delighted to hear that government's outrageous attempts to delay their plans to tackle one a the leading but preventable causes of death and morbidity in the country have failed. Attempting to use the general election as a smokescreen adds insult to injury so I am thankful that the courts have ruled against the government.

Air pollution, predominantly from traffic, is responsible for around 130 deaths in Maidstone each year. How this can be allowed to continue is utterly beyond me. The time for action is now, Maidstone's air pollution is as bad as central London.

The actions taken by Client Earth to bring this legal case are really welcome. The government had requested a 6 week delay a period during which 15 people in Maidstone would die as a result of air pollution.


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