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Family relocate to Wales due to Bristol's air pollution

Steph Wardle's son Cyrus is just eight years-old, but will need a life-saving operation on his heart to reach adulthood.

A family, whose son has asthma and a serious heart condition, have decided to relocate to Wales after years spent living in one of the most polluted areas in Bristol.

Steph Wardle's son Cyrus is just eight years old, but will need a life-saving operation on his heart to reach adulthood. He also suffers from asthma, something his mother fears is a result of Bristol's air pollution.

The older he's got, the more concerned we have been for him. He's also got a heart condition, and although that is not caused by the air pollution, it isn't going to help that he is already having issues with asthma. We live very close to the M32 motorway and we are aware the air pollution limits are illegal.

– Steph Wardle
Bristol City Council says it is working to address the issue of air pollution as quickly as possible.

Last year air pollution data was gathered across 127 sites in the city. 45 of those sites exceeded the legal limit for Nitrogen Dioxide.

Studies have found that being exposed to that level of pollution can stunt physical and mental development in children, and lead to conditions like asthma.

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Bristol City Council says it is working to address the issue of air pollution as quickly as possible.

It has recently consulted on two proposals for a Clean Air Zone, which will introduce charges for high polluting vehicles in the city centre. It's expected to be implemented in March 2021.

But the Wardle family can't wait that long. They fear the Clean Air Zone will not have a significant impact on air quality in Bristol.

As a result they're uprooting their lives and moving to Porthcawl, a coastal town in Wales known for surfing.