Air quality is a major concern nationally and in certain areas of Chippenham we are no exception. With the ongoing future development of more housing in the town we have concerns that the problem will continue to get worse. Air quality is a health and climate emergency which is why we have fundraised to support two projects to tackle this. Both projects involve collection of data and highlighting the dangers to tackle this in our community.
Our Air Quality monitoring project was somewhat thrown off track by the pandemic. Pre-Lockdown we had completed our first step and raised the all important funds to commence air quality monitoring in the town. We had identified three sites that would be suitable for monitoring.
We had received external expert advice on position of the monitors to ensure they are providing useful data. We consulted Wiltshire Council for their own methodology and were procuring the diffusion tubes ready to be positioned in the town.
The intention was the data itself would be collected monthly, over a period of a year and samples from our monitors lab tested in special air quality testing facilities to produce robust data.
Transition to Clean air
The data will be used to highlight the reality of our air quality in Chippenham to our fellow residents and also approach policy makers to consider making appropriate changes to planning and other investments to ensure there is a sensible transition to zero carbon and clean air in future.
Restarting the Air Quality Project
We are looking for volunteers to restart this project post pandemic.
If you are interested in this project and want to volunteer your time or expertise to help us please get in touch.