Monday, 14 April 2014

14 Apr 2014: 75 people died in 2010 and almost 7000 pupils are at high risk of lung disease in Maidstone

75 people died in 2010 and almost 7000 pupils are at high risk of lung disease. 12 schools are close to roads that carry over 10,000 vehicles per day based on research by Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East. Research has also shown that living near heavy traffic points can be attributed to 15-30% of new asthma cases in children as well as affecting the development of lung capacity.

Stuart Jeffery, prospective parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald: "This link between air quality, traffic and health has been understood for a long time by the Greens yet getting clear data from the government has been difficult. Public health data now show that 25,000 people died as a result of air pollution in 2010 from traffic - approximately 5.6% of all deaths.

"Here in Maidstone, in line with the national average, 75 people died as a direct result of poor air quality in 2010 - 5.6% of all deaths. 10 times more people died as a result of air pollution from traffic as died by from vehicle collisions.

"It is long past the point when air pollution from traffic should have been tackled properly. Urgent action is needed including a significant investment in cycling, walking, public transport and local jobs."

Schools:


School NameNumber of pupils
Loose Infant School271
Loose Junior School362
Brunswick House Primary School420
St Michaels CEI School, Maidstone120
Maplesden Noakes School, The1060
Maidstone Grammar School1273
East Borough Primary School426
St Michaels CEJ School, Maidstone162
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls1265
Invicta Grammar School1220
South Borough Primary School227
Total:6806

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