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Sefton’s Public Health Director clears the air on pollution

Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, is delighted to release this year’s Public Health Annual Report (PHAR) which focus’s on the topic of air quality across the borough.

This year’s report takes the form of a short animation in order to better explain what air pollution is, where it comes from in Sefton and what happens when dirty air is breathed in. 

The PHAR also talks about what the Council and others are already doing to improve air quality with some recommendations about what should happen in the future.  The video can be viewed online at 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Air pollution is a growing concern for many people who live in Sefton and the quality of the air we breathe is an issue that affects everyone.

“I am delighted that this topic was chosen as the theme for this year’s PHAR and I hope that it opens up a wider conversation about how we can all do more to protect our air.”

Matthew Ashton added: “In addition to bringing more transparency to the topic of air quality and how it affects the health and wellbeing of Sefton residents, this report is also my opportunity to recognise the work that Sefton Council has been doing to make Sefton’s air cleaner.

“Air quality is a topic that is becoming more and more important to people not only locally, but also at national level. We cannot make change happen alone and I echo my report when I call for more joined up action that will help people to breath cleaner air now and in the future.”

The PHAR and a short supplementary document can be viewed online at