Air quality on trial: a local case with national implications.

by Emily Shirley & Michael Rundell

Air quality on trial: a local case with national implications.

by Emily Shirley & Michael Rundell
Emily Shirley & Michael Rundell
Case Owner
Michael Rundell, a resident of Wincheap and Emily Shirley of Bridge, have campaigned on air pollution and other environmental issues for many years, in the Canterbury area.
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Emily Shirley & Michael Rundell
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Michael Rundell, a resident of Wincheap and Emily Shirley of Bridge, have campaigned on air pollution and other environmental issues for many years, in the Canterbury area.
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This is phase two of the Crowdjustice campaign by Michael Rundell & Emily Shirley. The challenge is about the unlawful air pollution levels in Canterbury. The case was launched in 2017 and is now waiting permission to go to the Supreme Court. 

We believe we have strong grounds of appeal. The unlawful level of air pollution is now finally recognized  as a national health emergency. A successful outcome for our case could have implications for planners and developers everywhere - making it a test case with nationwide  significance.

The legal issue is whether the Secretary of State is responsible for ensuring that air quality levels meet legal limits as soon as possible as he is legally required to do in accordance with the Air Quality Standard Regulations 2010 and case law.

Thousands of new homes are planned for our area, with little or no consideration of their impact on air quality.   Air pollution levels in Canterbury are already dangerously high and in several areas exceed legal limits. Further large-scale development will only make the situation worse.

It is now well known that poor air quality has serious implications for the health of us all. It puts people at risk of asthma, other respiratory problems, dementia, and premature death. It causes at least 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. 

Air quality has become part of the national conversation. It regularly features in media discussion — The Times, for example, is running a major air pollution campaign, with a ‘Manifesto’ calling for a new Clean Air Act, a more rapid phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles, and other measures.

The courts, too, are now taking air pollution seriously. Earlier this year, the Court ordered a new inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah. Ella, a schoolgirl of 9, died of an asthma attack which is now thought to be linked to unlawful levels of air pollution near her home in South London.

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