Eye-catching banners will shortly be providing simple clean air tips to drivers on the A32

Eye-catching banners will shortly be providing simple clean air tips to drivers on the A32

The banners will feature pictures created by local children in a competition run by Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council’s My Journey Hampshire campaign and Fareham and Gosport Environmental Health Partnership.

The competition invited upper primary age children to create a picture promoting clean air messages. We are grateful to Carol Parsons, a local artist and tutor who helped judge the entries.

The three winners were: Callum Manson, Thomas Houghton, and Skye Maccoll.

Nine banners with the winning pictures will be displayed at a pollution hotspot south of the Quay Street roundabout.  The banners will be visible for a year from 5th February.
Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth campaigner, Jean Everett said: “When organising this art competition we wanted to give children a voice about the need for clean air, since they are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of pollution.

“We were delighted and impressed with the children's responses and their enthusiasm and especially with their understanding of the problem and their knowledgeable and creative ways of showing their solutions."

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection, Cllr Cartwright said: "I was thrilled to see so many children get involved and create such wonderful posters. This competition has been a great opportunity to get children involved and thinking about the impact our actions have on the environment."

Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Congratulations to Callum, Thomas and Skye, and to all the children who took part in the competition to show people how everyone can play their part in improving air quality. I think they’ve done a great job with their designs to show how small actions such as turning off our engines, or walking when we can instead of driving, can make a big difference.”