Tameside In The Spotlight
Pupils and teachers at Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School are helping raise awareness of the health dangers of keeping the engine running when parked up, which is a particular problem on the school run.They’ve joined Tameside Council in supporting Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) campaign to tackle some of the common myths about leaving vehicle engines ticking over.The youngsters held up signs saying “engine off when you stop” to drive home the message. The roadside signs will be placed around the borough.A recent study revealed that switching off the engine when at a standstill could help reduce air pollution during peak travel hours by as much as 30 percent.Harmful fumes pumped out don’t just affect people outside the vehicle – drivers and their passengers are exposed as well.One misconception is that it’s a waste of fuel to restart the engine. But leaving it running wastes more fuel – every two minutes ticking over is the fuel equivalent of driving a mile.The campaign also calls on people to walk or cycle where possible, use public transport, car share and to consider upgrading to a hybrid or electric vehicle when looking for a new car.The eco-friendly school is already an advocate for tackling air pollution after taking part in National Clean Air Day last summer.Pupils made a video about its causes and what families can do to protect themselves and the environment — and were named runners-up in a competition run by TfGM.Headteacher Alexandra Flood said: “Our school has done much to raise awareness of the dangers poor air quality can have on our health.“And we’ve asked children, parents and staff to pledge to take action to reduce air pollution. These changes can be as simple as switching off the car engine during the school drop off, walking to school and avoiding busy roads, or travelling by bus or train.”Tameside Council’s Public Health Annual Report, which can be read at www.tameside.gov.uk/publichealthreports, describes how air quality is a re-emerging 21st century public health threat. It aims to raise awareness of the risks of traffic-related air pollution and identify what individuals and organisations in Tameside can do to limit their contribution and exposure.Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This is a tremendous initiative from Stalybridge’s Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School and it is something that we should encourage all schools across Tameside to do. Air pollution is a real health danger that affects us all – but we can all take simple actions to help reduce it.“Leaving your engine running is something we’ve all done but by not leaving it ticking over we’ll reduce harmful traffic fumes and improve air quality, particularly around school gates to protect children’s health.”Vehicle exhausts can produce harmful gases – and tiny particles of soot and other matter – that pollute the air and are linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease and cancer.It’s estimated that air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of up to 2,000 people in Greater Manchester each year.GM Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Air pollution is an invisible menace and one which our young people are particularly vulnerable to. That’s why I’m calling on those of us who make the school run to switch their engines off when parked near the school gates. It makes financial sense, environmental sense and good health sense to switch off.”Greater Manchester’s lead for environmental issues and climate change, Councillor Alex Ganotis, added: “Switching off engines at the school gates will not only help to protect our young people but lead to real improvements in air quality in our region.”The region has been in breach of its legal limits for nitrogen dioxide, one of the most harmful pollutants, every year since 2011.But air quality is improving as TfGM, local councils like Tameside and other partners are busy implementing the policies and measures in Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan.
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Stalybridge Celtic were massively unlucky not to chalk up an away victory at FC United in the Vanamara National League North after they conceded a goal in the last minute of the game.It was end to end stuff in the first thirty minutes with both sides having chances. Andy Bishop came closest for Celtic in the vearly period narrowly heading the wrong side of the post.Eventually Celtic made a breakthrough when Matty Hughes picked his spot and smashed the ball home from ten yards out. FC United equalised shortly afterwards with a deflected goal leaving the score 1-1 at half time.Celtic started the second half with pace and pegged FC united back in their#r half. It wasn't long before Celtic took the lead again through Wilkind#s who dribbled his way through three defenders before findind the net with a low hard shot. They nearly went 3-1 up when Dunbar lobbed the FC keeper only to see his shot bounce back off the woodwork.Stalybridge looked to be heading for victory until George Thomas scored from a well hit free Kick in the last minute of injury time for FC United. Three points would have been very useful in Celtic's relegation fight, despite being unlucky not to win they had to settle for a 2-2 draw
Curzon Ashton were denied the chance to make FA Cup history after they slipped to a narrow 4-3 second round defeat to League One side AFC Wimbledon in front of a nationwide TV audience at the Tameside Stadium.A hat-trick for striker Adam Morgan wasn’t enough for Curzon to avoid defeat as the Dons staged a late comeback, scoring three goals in three minutes, before winning the tie in the third minute of added time at the end of the second half.Curzon started the brighter of the two sides, and opened the scoring from the kick off as Morgan hit a screamer from distance, leaving visiting goalkeeper James Shea with no chance.Wimbledon almost got a chance to equalize moments later but Dom Poleon’s effort flew just over the bar, as the Nash piled the pressure on their League One opponents. Curzon extended their lead midway through the half as Morgan scored his second goal of the day from close range.The visitors then searched for a way back into the game, but couldn’t find a way through Curzon’s impressive defence as the Dons applied some pressure of their own through Tom Elliott, who saw his goal-bound shot blocked.Curzon goalkeeper Hakan Burton was then called into action, producing a superb save to deny the visitors their first goal of the afternoon.Burton was on hand again moments later, making a great stop to his left before Nash defender Jono Hunt cleared the danger, ensuring the Nash stayed on top going into half time.Curzon started the second half as they finished the first with some good defending to keep their Football League opponents at bay. Burton then produced a world class save to deny Jake Reeves, tipping the effort over the bar.Morgan then completed his hat-trick on the hour mark after a superb pull back from Joe Guest found the striker who slotted his effort past Shea in the Dons’ goal.Curzon were denied the chance to make the score 4-0 after Niall Cummins went down in the penalty area, but any appeals for a spot kick were waved away by referee James Adcock.Five minutes later and Wimbledon found their way back in to the game with Elliott getting his first goal of the day.That seemed to spur the visitors on a bit as they scored again moments later through Poleon, before Tyrone Barnett completed a seemingly unlikely comeback for the Dons in a disastrous couple of minutes for the Nash.The Dons were then close to winning the game, however Elliott’s shot was denied by Burton, allowing Jon Meades in for the rebound but he struck it just wide. Barnett then struck wide with a shot of his own from close range.Agony then turned into heartbreak for the Nash as Elliot sealed the win for Wimbledon in the final minute of added time to ensure the Dons were safely into round three.Courtesy of http://www.curzonashtonfc.co.uk/
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