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Campaigners propose car-free Sunday for Southampton

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Clean air campaigners want the scheme to start in September

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Campaigners have put forward plans for a once-a-month car-free day in Southampton in an attempt to help decrease pollution.

Clean Air Southampton and Southampton Friends of the Earth have proposed the scheme as part of a new clean air manifesto.

According to the BBC, the policy is being considered by authority bosses.

It would follow in the steps of other car-free city schemes, including Paris – which has pledged to ban all non-electric cars by 2030, and Brussels, which has also committed to a process of reducing the number of cars on the road in the city centre.

Liz Batten, from Clean Air Southampton, said: “Last year Southampton City Council ran a consultation on the proposed Clean Air Zone. They had the biggest response to any consultation ever – nearly 10,000 people responded, most of whom said they were worried about air pollution in the city.

“We at Clean Air Southampton decided to look at putting a Clean Air Manifesto together to ask candidates in the local elections to sign up to a list of measurable actions which would be achievable in their four-year term of office.

“So far the Lib Dems and the Green Party have agreed to sign the Manifesto. The Conservatives and Labour Party have declined.”

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The manifesto also includes proposals for low-cost park and ride schemes using existing bus services, as well as imposing a minimum Euro 5 standard for all delivery vehicles being used in the city centre.

Southampton was named as a city at the limit for levels of fine-particle pollution last May, and in response a non-charging clean air zone is being introduced.

It comes alongside Birmingham, Derby and Leeds as cities set to introduce clean air zones.

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