Conversations about cleaner air

So far we’ve run two Clean Air Cafés in St Denys, inviting residents to share their concerns on local air quality, sharing data from local sensors and generating ideas for change. At each event 45-50 people participated in the discussions and it’s been fantastic to host conversations around clean air and healthy streets with local people.

We collated all the post it notes and comments from the first event and used ‘Wordle’ to come up with the following graphics. The first one shows the areas in the neighbourhood where people feel there is a problem with air pollution; the second is more positive – the elements which make the community of St Denys strong. We would like to draw on these neighbourhood assets to help solve the air quality problem.

The second Clean Air Café was all about generating ideas for cleaner air and healthier streets. Below is the huge pile of ideas on post it notes sorted into different themes. One in particular stood out …

We were really pleased that Flo joined us at the second event to talk a little about the sensors that the University of Southampton has installed around the area and the data that is being produced. A separate blogpost will be written about the sensor data – watch this space!

So pleased that residents of all ages are coming to our events!

Tea, cake, post it notes and maps at our 1st event.

Boxing clever

The Breathing Spaces team was celebrating yesterday as we have now got 2 air quality sensor boxes installed and collecting data in St Denys! Huge thanks to the residents and local organisations who have agreed to be part of the project, not to mention to the sensor team at the University of Southampton. We will be carrying out further installations over the next few weeks and we’re looking forward to analysing all the data.

If you’d like to get involved in the project, not just by hosting a sensor but by sharing your skills, insights and local knowledge, please do get in touch.

APRIL UPDATE: We now have 6 sensor boxes in total installed in and around St Denys – 3 in different locations on Priory Road, 1 on Kent Road, 1 on St Denys Road and 1 on Portswood Road.