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Air quality campaign brings a breath of fresh air to Bearsden

Photograph Jamie Forbes  Bearsden Academy. Clean air project banners. L/R Orla Noble S2 13, Linsey Hanna S6 17, Cllr Rhondda Geekie, Cara McCauley S1 12.

Photograph Jamie Forbes Bearsden Academy. Clean air project banners. L/R Orla Noble S2 13, Linsey Hanna S6 17, Cllr Rhondda Geekie, Cara McCauley S1 12.

Three budding artists from Bearsden Academy are hoping their artistic skills will breathe fresh air into a council environmental initiative.

East Dunbartonshire Council launched an art competition last year with pupils from the school - to persuade vehicle users to think about their journey before getting into cars - as part of the Bearsden Air Quality Management Area project (AQMA), which started in 2011.

Pupils were asked to come up with a design for a street banners to be hung from lamp posts in the area and the winning designs came from 1st year pupil Cara McCauley, 2nd year pupil Orla Noble and Linsey Hanna, who is a 6th year student.

Linsey said: “It’s great to see our designs in our local community and we hope they raise awareness about air quality in Bearsden.”

Rhondda Geekie, convener of policy and resources at East Dunbartonshire Council said: “I am delighted that the winning designs have now been chosen and are proudly hanging in the Bearsden area. They are quite beautiful and I am confident they will also catch the public’s imagination and make them think about air quality.

“The pupils should be very proud of their banners and the contribution they make to their local community.

“The quality of the air we breathe directly affects our general health and wellbeing and can even have a bearing on how long we live.

“We need to get the message across and raise awareness of the impact of poor air quality on health and the negative impact of local traffic pollution and exhaust fumes.

“Ideally people need to re-think the car journeys they make and consider whether they do need to drive or can walk for shorter journeys or use public transport. Unnecessary vehicle engine idling should be avoided at all costs because of the excess pollution resulting from exhaust fumes.”

On the competition councillor Geekie said: “In all there were 90 entries and the judging panel and I were delighted with the quality of the art work and ideas.”

The AQMA corridor runs from Canniesburn Toll to Antonine, taking in additional road junctions, as well as the Roman Road car park. It was funded by the Scottish Government.

 

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