Air quality

A group of children crossing a pedestrian crossing, a person charging an electric car and a person on a bike

Help improve Horsham District's air quality

We can all make small changes that can help improve the air quality in Horsham District. On this page you'll find ideas and links to inspire you.

Choose active modes of travel

Walking, cycling, or even roller skating, will help to reduce the carbon emissions costs and air and noise pollution associated with using vehicles. By taking small steps and thinking active travel first, many people could have the opportunity to make their journeys greener, healthier, safer, and more active.

Horsham’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is a new strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements required at a local level. The plan takes a long-term approach to developing cycling and walking networks. To learn more about the LCWIP, visit  Horsham Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

Join a car club or car-share

Pooling resources and sharing cars is a great way to save money and reduce emissions. Perhaps you could share with your colleague, or a friend who travels in the same direction each day?

A car club is a membership scheme that offers you the use of a car on a pay-as-you-go basis when you really need it - without the costs associated with owning a car.

The car club in Horsham is operated by Co-Wheels, which has a network of over 400 cars available to members in over 50 towns and cities across the UK.

In the district there are three cars are available at the following locations:

  • Horsham - North Street
  • Billingshurst - 10 Newman Way
  • Horsham - Brighton Road

To join the car club, book a car or obtain further information visit the Co-Wheels website.

Turn off your engine when stationary

Idling - leaving your engine on when you are stationary - can waste fuel and increase emissions. If you are parked or stuck in heavy traffic, turn off your engine.

Read an RAC article on engine idling.

Travel by bus or train

Using public transport cuts the number of cars on the road and helps reduce emissions. Improving traffic also helps to ensure there is less idling.

Horsham District is served by:

A group of people on public transport

Consider electric vehicles

The number of electric vehicles on the road is increasing, and we’re working hard to make sure there are charging points across Horsham District.

Find out more about electrical cars and charging points in Horsham District.

View West Sussex County Council's electric vehicle strategy.

Choose a low-emission boiler and clean fuel

At home, if you're replacing your boiler go for a low-emission model. For more information on this topic, read this article from the Energy Saving Trust: Energy Saving Trust: A quick guide to low carbon heating.

Could you be burning better?

Did you know that your stove or open fire produces tiny, harmful particles that are damaging to your health? Here’s three simple steps that you can take to reduce this risk: Get it checked regularly, have it swept at least once a year by a professional, and feed it the right fuel.

For clean-burning advice, visit the UK Air website.

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