He watched as they sniffed and explored. At last they climbed off the porch and trundled over to the outside cellar steps. Then one of the kits poked around in the grasses just below our sitting room bow window. Head to head: Philip Hammond and Nick Clegg discuss air pollution in BathThe Chancellor of the Exchequer and former Liberal Democrat leader answer our questions about tackling air pollution21:24, 30 MAY 2017Updated21:33, 30 MAY 2017Get Daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAir pollution was a common theme in Bath this week as two political figure heads visited the city.Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg toured Bath as part of their campaign trail.Mr Hammond explored the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Bath, before Mr Clegg aided Bath Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Wera Hobhouse’s afternoon of campaign door knocking.New Mayor of Bath will be sworn in with ceremony and civic procession on SaturdayConservative Ben Howlett, who is fighting to reclaim his seat, has long campaigned to ‘stop Bath stalling’ in a bid to tackle congestion and improve air quality.He is in favour of a Bathampton Meadows park and ride east of the city and an A36/A46 Link Road.Mrs Hobhouse has joined the fight against a park and ride.Heavy traffic expected for University of Bath Open Days in JuneSpeaking at the university on Tuesday (May 30) Mr Hammond said: “Obviously at a national level we have delivered a plan as mandated by the courts just a few weeks ago to tackle the worst urban hotspots of air pollution but of course there’s more to do across the country including in places like Bath and park and rides can be a part of that plan. Park and ride schemes can be a valid part of that plan.”There is a plan here in Bath to tackle traffic congestion and the pollution that is causes but plans don’t implement themselves. What we need now is a concerted effort to deliver the plan that been agreed and make sure that it is implemented and brings the benefits both in terms of congestion and air quality for local people.”The local plans that have been developed here include for example proposals for the park and ride scheme and it’s right that each area should develop its own plan that is sensitive to local conditions and in particular local challenges.”Ben Howlett: Curo cable car ‘not in the interests of anyone who lives around the area’On an A36/A46 Link Road he said: “It’s part of the answer because air pollution is very localised and it’s about what happens in areas of peak transport congestion.