South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed recent announcement of a pilot project to improve air quality in Shropshire.
This will fund a project designed to testing low-cost Zephyr monitors and development of an air pollution map.
Shropshire Council will be provided with £53,300 funding to help develop options to tackle this important public health issue and improve the quality of our air across the county, as part of a nationwide push to ensure we leave the planet in a better place than we found it.
The government is investing £3 million in 28 innovative projects across the country, with local authorities undertaking bespoke projects relevant to their local community.
These projects will help deliver actions set out in the Government’s Clean Air Strategy earlier this year. This was described by the World Health Organisation as ‘an example for the rest of the world to follow’.
Mr Dunne said:
“Rural areas like Shropshire might appear less prone to issues of air pollution. But the reality is there are air quality challenges in rural areas as well as urban, and it is important we monitor air quality levels for the health of the population.
I am pleased the government are helping Shropshire Council analyse air quality, so we can improve the environment for future generations.