TO mark National Clean Air Day, on Thursday, PHIL SIMMS spoke to a Henley environmental campaigner who is trying to reduce the levels of air pollution in the town and improve the lives of residents, especially children. ABOUT a fifth of primary schoolchildren in Henley probably suffer from asthma. That’s according to air quality campaigner David Dickie, who visited the town’s four state and two independent primary schools. He used school assemblies to see how many pupils used an inhaler to help their breathing and was shocked by the response — about 20 per cent put their hands up. Nitrogen dioxide and fuel particulates cause respiratory illnesses and Henley has not met the European level of legal emissions for more than a decade. Mr Dickie, 76, of St Katherine’s Road, and his fellow volunteers have given talks and led activities over the past year to warn children about the dangers of air pollution and encouraged them to walk, cycle or take the bus to school. They have also urged parents to switch off their engines when stationary and dropping off or waiting to pick up their children. Mr Dickie says: “I have been to all the primary schools and 20… Read full this story
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