Could your winning design be a breath of fresh air?
Published 11th August 2020
car exhaust pumping out white smoke
Do you get irritated by parked cars and vans waiting with the engine left on as they pump out fumes and pollute our air?

If you’d like to help improve air quality near you, send us your design for an eye-catching poster to encourage drivers to turn off their engines and the best ones may be turned into road signs by East Herts Council for use in our main car parks. 

Your picture can show a car park or street near where you live or it can be a more general design. 

Graham McAndrew, executive member for sustainability, said: “We’re looking for colourful striking designs that will make drivers think twice about leaving their car engines idling. We’d like to announce the winner on national Clean Air Day on October 8.
“Pollution harms the health of millions. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about pollution, share information and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

“Creating a climate in which everyone is encouraged to adopt a sustainable lifestyle is a key plank of the council’s work and this competition is a step in that direction. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.”

Email your picture to, either by scanning it in or taking a photo. The designs will then be considered by an independent judge. We’ll also showcase winning designs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Please include your name, age, town or village and a daytime contact number. If you prefer to post it, the address is East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EQ. 

Deadline for submissions is Monday September 14.