An online survey has been launched to gauge how poor air quality affects the local community.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council are seeking the views of residents, schools, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders from today as part of steps being taken for cleaner air in the area.
The survey, open until 30 April, will inform work to tackle air pollution levels in some areas which is affecting the health of local people.
It will also measure awareness of the simple actions that can help improve air quality.
Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and chair of the cross-agency Joint Advisory Group for air quality, said: “This is an opportunity for local residents to voice their views about air pollution and how it affects them in their community. We are keen to hear from all sections of society – residents, schools, businesses and community groups.
“Air pollution is everyone’s responsibility and we need to know how we can help people make better choices when it comes to air quality."
Anyone age 16 or over is invited to complete the survey which should take five minutes to complete.
Poor air quality is linked to almost 500 early deaths every year in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Rising air pollution levels is the largest environmental health risk individuals face today.
Long-term exposure can cause heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weights and poor lung development in children and may even contribute to mental health issues.
It should be completed by April 30.
Anyone age 16 or over who lives in, or travels to, Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme is invited to respond.
Call the press office on 01782 232309 (journalists only).