Thousands of Sussex pupils exposed to toxic fumes as schools near congested roads

Thousands of school pupils exposed to toxic fumes

Thousands of school pupils exposed to toxic fumes

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Almost 15,000 pupils could be putting their health at risk by attending one of more than 50 schools within metres of heavily congested roads, according to a new report.

Thousands of pupils go to schools that lie within 150 metres of roads which have more than 10,000 cars passing through each day.

South East MEP Keith Taylor, who obtained the figures, claims this is putting their health at risk.

The Green MEP added thousands of pupils could be exposed to potentially dangerous levels of pollutants including nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and ground level ozone which can cause both respiratory and heart problems.


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The former Brighton and Hove City councillor also claimed that living near such heavily used roads can be attributed to almost a third of new asthma cases in children as well as affecting the development of lung capacity.

Thirty-two schools in East Sussex holding almost 10,000 pupils including Ringmer Community College, Cross-in-Hand Church of England Primary School and Ocklynge Junior School in Eastbourne are included in the report.

In West Sussex, 19 schools educating almost 5000 pupils including Burgess Hill School For Girls, Our Lady of Sion School in Worthing and Kingslea Primary School in Horsham.

A further 8,000 pupils from 26 East Sussex schools and more than 27,000 pupils from 57 West Sussex schools are educated less than 500 metres from heavy traffic roads.

Mr Taylor said: “This report makes clear just how many children in the region are going to school near busy roads that are likely to be very polluted.

“It’s abundantly clear that action on air pollution is needed, many of our towns and cities need to radically rethink the way they are dealing with air pollution and to protect people’s health we need local authorities need to be bold in tackling air pollution.

“We need clean public transport options, plus a huge improvement in the numbers of people cycling and walking.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said that air quality in the county is “generally good” and work was ongoing to reduce pollution in the “few areas of poorer air quality”.

He said that new “sustainable transport measures” to encourage more residents to choose walking and cycling were being delivered thanks to £3.7 million funding from the Department of Transport in 2012.

He added: “This scheme is making a real difference in showing families how walking and cycling can be fitted into their daily lives for short local journeys, contributing to reducing local congestion and pollution around schools and in the county generally and supporting health improvement. ”

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7:57am Sat 12 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes!
Not long till we can vote the greens out!
What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes! Not long till we can vote the greens out! mark by the sea
  • Score: 15

8:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

wexler53 says...

And the origin of this story - a green MEP.

Odd that there's an election shortly, plus we know from our experience in Brighton what a load of incompetent, ideological zealots they are...

But I can also see that like other zealots from the past, and extremely dangerous ones at that, they use propaganda to good effect.

Other parties would do well to take note, and not just base their electioneering on green unpopularity.

There are enough zealots and naïve people out there to get these idiots in again.
And the origin of this story - a green MEP. Odd that there's an election shortly, plus we know from our experience in Brighton what a load of incompetent, ideological zealots they are... But I can also see that like other zealots from the past, and extremely dangerous ones at that, they use propaganda to good effect. Other parties would do well to take note, and not just base their electioneering on green unpopularity. There are enough zealots and naïve people out there to get these idiots in again. wexler53
  • Score: 14

8:46am Sat 12 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

I've heard it's much more healthier to sit outside one of the many coffee shops and bars around Brighton having a bite to eat and a drink whilst reading about all these green issues.
I've heard it's much more healthier to sit outside one of the many coffee shops and bars around Brighton having a bite to eat and a drink whilst reading about all these green issues. TIMBURRY
  • Score: 1

10:51am Sat 12 Apr 14

redwing says...

mark by the sea wrote:
What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes!
Not long till we can vote the greens out!
If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way.
And they say the Greens are nuts.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes! Not long till we can vote the greens out![/p][/quote]If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way. And they say the Greens are nuts. redwing
  • Score: -5

12:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

redwing wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes!
Not long till we can vote the greens out!
If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way.
And they say the Greens are nuts.
So you want the next few years for kids to walk to school alongside the lorries and busses spewing out poisons .. So the greens can boast how they save the future kids , but the guinea pigs of today suffer more than ever?
[quote][p][bold]redwing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes! Not long till we can vote the greens out![/p][/quote]If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way. And they say the Greens are nuts.[/p][/quote]So you want the next few years for kids to walk to school alongside the lorries and busses spewing out poisons .. So the greens can boast how they save the future kids , but the guinea pigs of today suffer more than ever? mark by the sea
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Make car clubs virtually free to use and car ownership would plummet. Taking polluting vehicles off the road is needed. But we are in a catch 22 situation. Cycling is harzardous and too many die being hit by vehicles. Walking and breathing in the pollution is kamikaze - especially in hot summer air.

We have had a scare and a view of the future over the past few weeks of being forced to breathe in Euro-smog locked in over our area (and still dispersing and hanging around a bit). In Paris, people are restricted to using their cars every other day now.

Organising a way out of the mess is not simple.
Make car clubs virtually free to use and car ownership would plummet. Taking polluting vehicles off the road is needed. But we are in a catch 22 situation. Cycling is harzardous and too many die being hit by vehicles. Walking and breathing in the pollution is kamikaze - especially in hot summer air. We have had a scare and a view of the future over the past few weeks of being forced to breathe in Euro-smog locked in over our area (and still dispersing and hanging around a bit). In Paris, people are restricted to using their cars every other day now. Organising a way out of the mess is not simple. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 4

5:57pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Perhaps Keith Taylor should get his scruffy **** up Coombe road and see the little school there which is now sat permanently in a queue of traffic using the road as a rat run thanks to his crankie mates in the Green Party who turned the Lewes road into a no go area so people now use residential areas as a rat run. The Green Party - destroyers of family and community voted in by students and the workless.
Mr Taylor you wandered about aimlessly when you were a local councillor now you spout utter rubbish from Brussels paid for out of my taxes.
Shut up.
Perhaps Keith Taylor should get his scruffy **** up Coombe road and see the little school there which is now sat permanently in a queue of traffic using the road as a rat run thanks to his crankie mates in the Green Party who turned the Lewes road into a no go area so people now use residential areas as a rat run. The Green Party - destroyers of family and community voted in by students and the workless. Mr Taylor you wandered about aimlessly when you were a local councillor now you spout utter rubbish from Brussels paid for out of my taxes. Shut up. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 6

10:28am Sun 13 Apr 14

ARMANA says...

redwing wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes!
Not long till we can vote the greens out!
If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way.
And they say the Greens are nuts.
They are nuts, !! iv never seen a worse case of political suicide, !!
[quote][p][bold]redwing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish , second story basing statistics nationally into a local headline, surely by every child walking to school they will have to walk along these busy roads which are moving slower due to councils slowing traffic by introducing bus lanes! Not long till we can vote the greens out![/p][/quote]If the traffic moves faster it just encourages more of it. That's what we've had for the last 40 years. So your answer is to put everyone in a sealed container (car) and avoid the pollution that way. The pollution we've miraculously escaped, despite all the evidence that it's far more of a problem in the south east than in most other places. Never mind, what the eye doesn't see the heart needn't grieve over. Small particulates are what you need to understand by the way. And they say the Greens are nuts.[/p][/quote]They are nuts, !! iv never seen a worse case of political suicide, !! ARMANA
  • Score: 1

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