From: Ayesha Powell
Old Willingdon Road
As someone who suffers from chronic respiratory problems, I do find Eastbourne has a toxic issue that needs immediate action: air pollution.
Eastbourne was shockingly placed third worst in the UK for its poor air quality due to particulates, according to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last year, reported by this paper (Eastbourne Herald 12 May,2016)as well as in the national press.
The town especially registers high levels of two types of particulates that are known to penetrate deep into the lungs.
This causes all manner of respiratory disease in children,the elderly and in people like me, at huge cost to the health service.
I do find it increasingly difficult to enjoy outings in the town and its environs,especially at school pick up /drop off time.
Even the so-called “breathing spaces” (“Breathe it In “?)are affected in some areas.
This is why I warmly welcome any proposals like the Phase 1 Hailsham1, Polegate, Eastbourne Movement & Access Corridor, which would allow cyclists to go through Coopers Hill and Wish Hill along the west of Willingdon Road and give more children safe passage to and from schools in the area and, above all as far as I’m concerned, reduce traffic congestion and thereby dangerous levels of particulates by promoting cycling and walking –much healthier options with multiple benefits for all.
I strongly support these and any other initiatives that make my beloved town a clean, safe and healthy place in which to live.