Tyburn Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has told residents that a new report from MPs may help their case in opposing the building a new school on the old Saab garage site on Eachelhurst Road.
The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons calls for a ban on building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots to help cut thousands of deaths connected to the "invisible killer" of traffic fumes. The MPs also say that more than 1,000 existing schools must also be fitted with air filtration systems in classrooms to protect pupils from car exhaust fumes.
The chair of the committee has commented that "New figures suggest air pollution from heavy traffic could be killing almost the same amount of people as smoking in the UK."
In a statement Ann Holtom said: Eachelhurst Road is a very busy main road with traffic flowing in both directions constantly through the day. It is clear from the findings of the Environmental Audit Committee that at the very least any plans for a new school on this site must include air filtration systems in the design. I would also call on Birmingham Council to measure very closely the amount of traffic fumes which are generated near the Saab site as the dangers to the school students from this pollution may well be enough on its own to rule out the site as a suitable place to build a school."