Eastleigh is committed to being a green and sustainable Borough. Pollution affects the health of millions and, for Clean Air Day 2018, which takes place in two weeks’ time, we are highlighting all we are doing to improve air quality – and how residents and businesses can play their part.
The Council’s initiatives range from promoting sustainable transport – including cycling and walking (and promoting greener forms of public transport ) - to alternative and renewable energy solutions.
Clean Air Day, which this year takes place on Thursday 21 June, is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Council-supported initiatives that promote clean air include:
- airAlert - a free service providing pollution alerts direct to residents via text , voice mail or email. It lets residents know when air pollution levels may impact on their health and is a source of information and advice for people with asthma or poor respiratory health
- working with Hampshire County Councils’ Schools Travel Planning Officer and children at a number of schools across the Borough to raise awareness of air pollution, and the steps that they and their communities can take to tackle air pollution in their communities - and particularly around schools.
- the Co-Wheels car club has two electric vehicles (EVs) available in Eastleigh town centre (pictured), for anyone to hire. Many people have never tried one, so we are offering no joining fee and £20 free driving credit when you use code 'Eastleigh20' - enough for you to join and experience an EV for the first time.
- the launch of the new Low Emission Taxi Incentive Scheme, in partnership with Southampton City Council, that offers cashback for taxi owners to help them replace older, more polluting vehicles with low emission alternatives.
- actively promoting cycling across the Borough, which has 71km of bike routes and over 40 cycle parking facilities, including at bus stops along the Bluestar 1 line.
- a partnership with Eastleigh-based transport operator, Xelabus, who have introduced new, lower emission diesel-electric hybrid buses to routes in the area. To encourage people out of their cars – especially on the school run - customers can now track their bus using the Find My Bus mobile phone app.
- increasing the use of sustainable and renewable energy solutions in buildings: we have 16 solar photovoltaic installations, two solar thermal, two ground source heat pumps, one biomass and the combined heat and power plant at the new Places Leisure Eastleigh, which will also heat the new retail units on the old Civic Office site.
- The Point-produced Eastleigh Unwrapped, the annual outdoor festival, will feature a compelling performance by the Urban Astronaut, who provides a glimpse of a future that might be...where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point.
- an excellent Station Walks guide, produced by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership , providing details of over 30 walks from and to stations, including Bursledon and Netley. It is on offer for £3, including postage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health - Social Policy, Councillor Tina Campbell, said: “Few things are more important to wellbeing than the quality of the air we breathe and we are promoting a range of measures to help reduce pollution in the Borough and raise awareness of how residents and business can do their bit to help.”
Find out more about Clean Air Day 2018 – www.cleanairday.org.uk