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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

Historic rebellion over Heathrow

From Greenpeace UK

Hey Airplotters,

Thank you to everyone who emailed key Labour MPs and asking them to vote against the third runway yesterday. The response to our email was so huge that we inadvertently overwhelmed a few MP’s inboxes – just going to show the strength of feeling about this issue! We were a bit unprepared for the level of enthusiasm we got from you all, so thanks for that.

The opposition to the runway has clearly made its mark on parliament, and when it came to the vote last night, we saw a historic rebellion. Twenty-eight Labour MPs voted against the government’s plans to add a third runway to Heathrow – supporting the ‘opposition day motion’ brought by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. That’s a bigger rebellion than even we were expecting – Gordon Brown clearly has a serious political problem on his hands over aviation expansion. It was the biggest Labour rebellion on an opposition motion since they came to power in 1997.