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Havant Air Quality Concern

Dear Mr. Graham (Havant FOE Member),

Thank you  for your message.  I have indeed had a long conversation with Mr. Cobbett about the issue of air quality at the Park Road / Elm Land junction, adjacent the playground area in Havant Park.

You are right to raise concerns, as the air quality in this region is potentially in breach of the Annual Exposure objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (40µg/m3, as annual average).  This objective is applicable to local residential properties, doctors surgeries & educational establishments (among a limited number of other sensitive land uses deemed to be ‘relevant receptors’).

Oddly, places of employment are expressly excluded from direct comparison with this annual objective, despite potential exposure for 8hrs + per day.

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Havant Becomes Fairtrade Town

After years of campaigning by FoE and others, Havant has been awarded Fairtrade Town status. The five principles that needed to be met were:

1.  Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens).

2.  A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs).

3.  Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible.

4.  Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

5.  A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

Havant joins the over 400 towns Fairtrade family which includes only 7 in Hampshire.

Ray Cobbett