Generally air quality is good in Eastbourne because of the prevailing westerly winds. However, we are affected by industrial pollution from Northern France, Belgium and Holland when the wind is in the east: you can see the brown smoke haze on the horizon.
It is wrong to single out Eastbourne for specific attention because the air monitoring stations at Willingdon Trees and Lullington Heath are the only ones on this stretch of coast (https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/networks/find-sites ). The air pollution has nothing to do with vehicles on the road in Eastbourne and making Eastbourne a Clean Air Zone would have no impact.
If we want to reduce this air pollution, we need to continue the dialogue with our European neighbours to reduce their industrial emissions.
Professor Tom Sanders
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