McLeod urges people to contribute to new strategy on air pollution

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod is urging people across Dumfries & Galloway to take part in a consultation on proposals aimed at making Scotland’s air amongst the cleanest in Europe.

For the next 12 weeks, the Scottish Government is formally seeking views on its draft national Low Emission Strategy.

It sets out action already being taken by the Scottish Government and its agencies, health boards and local authorities to tackle air pollution. It also contains proposals for improving air quality across the country by, for example, better co-ordinating policies at national and local level.

Aileen said: “Clean air is essential for our health, wellbeing and to protect our environment. We know that it is the most vulnerable members of our society – the very young, the elderly and those with existing cardiovascular and respiratory conditions – who suffer the most from the effects of air pollution.

“Although we’ve made excellent progress reducing emissions across Scotland in recent years, it is clear that more needs to be done particularly in our towns and cities where pockets of poor air quality remain.

“Improving Scotland’s air quality is not something that can be tackled by Government alone – it also needs action from local authorities, businesses, the third sector and the general public. This draft strategy provides a framework within which we can all work together to achieve our vision of Scotland’s air being amongst the cleanest in Europe and I urge as many people as possible to respond to the consultation.”