A PUBLIC event is being held to raise awareness of air pollution.

It has been organised by Brighton-based risk management consultancy Argyll Environmental and the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre.

The event, which takes place at the Brighthelm Centre in North Road on Thursday at 7pm, will highlight concerns about Brighton’s poor air quality.

Nitrogen dioxide levels in particular are continuing to exceed EU and English standards for a number of roads in Brighton.

Speakers include South East Green MEP Keith Taylor, Alan Andrews from Client Earth, Paul Nicholls and Samuel Rouse from Brighton and Hove City Council and University of Brighton lecturer Kevin Wyche.

Co-organiser Chris Loaring said: “Poor air quality in the UK is found to reduce life expectancy by up to eight months, costing the NHS up to £20 billion a year.

“The Breathe in Brighton event aims to increase awareness of the air pollution in Brighton and to inform the local community and decision makers of its adverse health and environment effects.”