Air pollution in cities like Canterbury and large towns is self-evident and it attracts headlines, but we all know that the traffic in parts of Wye is a problem too, especially at certain times of the day. Long queues build up on either side of the level crossing throughout the day, and we know that that idling engines emit harmful particles.
Children are likely to be more exposed to harmful air pollution during their daily walks to and from school. Their size and growing bodies makes them especially vulnerable to harm from air pollution. This can reduce the lung development of children and increase their risk of asthma.
Overall, air pollution levels in Wye are likely to be within national standards. If so, the village will remain a low priority for action against air pollution. But there is growing scientific evidence that even short exposure to peak levels of air pollution is harmful to health, even when average levels are as low as we expect them to be in Wye.
Wye Active has teamed up with Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council and scientists at the University of Kent's Centre for Health Services Studies to develop the 'Wye Breathes.' This is a 'citizen science' project which relies on a team of volunteers to take regular samples of roadside air from outside the two schools in Wye. The University of Kent has provided and calibrated three types of specialist air sampling equipment and scientists will analyse the data that they record.
For an outline of the Wye Breathes project, download the leaflet via the link above.
About Wye Active
Wye Active is a voluntary group of local people who want to make active travel choices, such as cycling and walking around Wye, easier, and safer for all. Wye Active also wants Wye to be a healthy and vibrant place in which to live, work and study.
Please contact the Parish Clerk here if you want to register to help the Wye Breathes project. If you want to join the group's mailing list and be kept informed about Wye Active please contact the group direct here.