Maidstone Greens have called for Paris style action on air quality following last weeks smog and health alerts. Last Thursday, the South East was enveloped in a smog that triggered health warnings from DEFRA. In Maidstone, the Maidstone Rural monitoring (at Detling) recorded high levels of PM10, the substance known to cause respiratory and heart problems.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "At one point on Thursday 'Very High' levels of air pollution was showing across the South
East. While DEFRA had warned even healthy people to reduce physical exertion outdoors, there was no response from government to try to reduce the amount of pollution being created.
"In this country 30,000 people die prematurely each year as a direct result of air pollution from traffic.
"Across the Channel in Paris, they were in an equally bad state with people being told to avoid going outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, however the city has decided to
make public transport free for the weekend to try to reduce the
pollution, an action that would help in Kent too."