As a resident of Hounslow I am aware of pollution, but as a resident I have not been privy to any single or joint strategy involving this issue. I believe any solution must be a collective London wide strategy with the London Mayor ensuring all boroughs agree to a collective set of regulations.
We all know that pollution is detrimental to our health, but the car is a way of life and most people would resist a call to relinquish their prized possession.
We must obviously look at ways to lower pollution around London, low cost park and ride for commuters along with other incentives for shoppers and school runs, cheaper and more frequent public transport working alongside clearways restricting high street parking including large vehicles delivering goods this would allow people to high street shop without taking the car.
This all comes under infrastructure and will never be achieved over night. We the residents must be allowed to buy in to these new strategies over time, forcing people to give up their cars by restricting parking etc will be seen quite rightly as infringing their rights.
I am sure that controlled parking (CPZ) along with parking penalties is seen by many as a local political move to obtain even more money from residents.
We must remember that not every family can afford to purchase new low emission vehicles but this must be the long term aim and must be built into any short and medium term objectives.
Fancifull, ridiculous, costly, a step back in time! It worked before and could this cost be offset against poluttion, heavy vehicles, road repairs, traffic jams etc.
Why not go back to using our canal network for moving goods around our city, this would take a lot of large goods vehicles off our local roads. Sounds stupid! maybe! but this form of cargo movement did work and whilst the canals are in disrepair they are still available, viable (long term) and would take heavy vehicles off our roads.
Three quarters of main roads in London have illegal levels of air pollution.
The figures have been released by London Assembly Green Party Member Jenny Jones and show all of Camden’s main roads break the European legal limits for nitrogen dioxide, along with the City of London and Kensington and Chelsea.
Bromley was the only borough with fewer than half of its main roads below the legal limit for air pollution.
Here is the list in full:
•City of London - 100% over European legal limit
•Westminster - 100% over European legal limit
•Kensington and Chelsea - 100% over European legal limit
•Camden - 100% over European legal limit
•Tower Hamlets - 97% over European legal limit
•Hammersmith and Fulham - 100% over European legal limit
•Islington - 99% over European legal limit
•Southwark - 95% over European legal limit
•Lambeth - 96% over European legal limit
•Hackney - 98% over European legal limit
•Wandsworth - 95% over European legal limit
•Newham - 87% over European legal limit
•Lewisham - 88% over European legal limit
•Ealing - 88% over European legal limit
•Brent - 82% over European legal limit
•Hounslow - 84% over European legal limit
•Greenwich - 79% over European legal limit
•Waltham Forest - 75% over European legal limit
•Barnet - 78% over European legal limit
•Haringey - 88% over European legal limit
•Enfield - 77% over European legal limit
•Kingston-upon-Thames - 76% over European legal limit
•Redbridge - 81% over European legal limit
•Barking and Dagenham - 76% over European legal limit
•Hillingdon - 66% over European legal limit
•Merton - 74% over European legal limit
•Richmond-upon-Thames - 66% over European legal limit
•Croydon - 62% over European legal limit
•Bexley - 56% over European legal limit
•Sutton - 51% over European legal limit
•Havering - 57% over European legal limit
•Harrow - 56% over European legal limit
•Bromley - 45% over European legal limit
These figures are some years old but I am sure they have not improved.
The above statistics show that all London boroughs must work harder to get pollution reduced. The only feasible answer is working together to find ways of improving our environment. This should not be left to individual boroughs or for individual multi-national companies who stand to lose profits if things were changed. We must have a common strategy FIT FOR THE FUTURE.
I have read some statistics on Heathrow which suggests that they have encouraging reports that pollution around Heathrow has lowered, we must obviously include Heathrow in any future strategies.