MP announces Transport and Pollution Conference for Bath
While our council deliberates over a clean air zone for the city centre, l hear Greenpeace has been pulled in to talk about air quality at a Transport and Pollution conference for residents being organised on June 9th by Bath’s MP, Wera Hobhouse.
She told Bath Newseum: ‘Last February I organised a Briefing session for residents, on Bath’s Traffic and Pollution problems. We heard about student numbers, tourist numbers and our increasing population; we heard from business and public transport. Across the city, residents have held their own meetings.
I am delighted to announce that Greenpeace’s Air Quality campaigner, Rosie Rogers, is our first Keynote speaker. Rosie has worked tirelessly over the last 3 years to bring Air Pollution to the top of the political agenda. She will be outlining the dangers of air pollution, and the solutions available.
Bath University’s Dr Ian Walker is our second keynote speaker. He’ll be looking at the psychology around cars and car use, and the challenges of creating behaviour change in a culture that’s only ever known cars.’
Then there are the other options available to us, such as trams, light rail, pedestrianization and increased cycle use, and we can look at how other cities are dealing with traffic and pollution. I also think it is vital that we explore the remaining options to the east of the city. ‘
Finally, I am asking some key local groups to tell us what they think the solutions are. The speakers are Prof Graham Parkhurst from the University of the West of England, Robin Kerr from Federation of Bath Residents’ Associations, and Joanne Wright from Transition in Bath.’
The conference will take place on Saturday the 9th June, beginning 9.45am at Komedia, in Westgate Street.