Monday 29 November 2021

CLOSES TOMORROW NOV 30th: Have your say on Brent's Air Quality Action Plan

 From Brent Council Website

Dirty air costs lives.

That's why we have made it a priority to work with our residents and businesses, TfL, the Mayor of London and national government to improve air quality across the borough. While great progress has been made in recent years, there is still work to do; and we want to hear your views on what action to take.

We are working to update our Air Quality Action Plan to make sure the action we take over the next five years will have the most impact, where it's needed most.

In 2019, 59% of Brent’s monitoring sites had an annual nitrogen dioxide level higher than the legal limit. When it comes to particulate matter, both our PM2.5 sites and one of the PM10 sites exceeded World Health Organisation limits.

Clearly, more needs to be done. Air pollution is considered the world's largest environmental health threat, with over 4,000 deaths across London attributed to air pollution in 2019.

This is not just an inner London problem – a report by the GLA and Imperial College London shared that the highest number of these deaths were recorded in outer London boroughs.

Pollution levels lowered during 2020 as a result of COVID-19 restrictions but there is a risk that, if more people return to using cars, pollution levels could increase to over and above 2019 levels.

We want to work with you, our residents, to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Over the next year, we will be working to review progress made against our current Air Quality Action Plan and updating it to make sure the actions taken over the next five years (2023-2027) are as ambitious as possible. This will support national and London-wide policies, such as the Ultra Low Emission Zone, to help protect Brent residents from the health impacts of poor air quality.

The review will take place over a series of stages:

 1) Developing the draft Air Quality Action Plan:

We want you to help us design the plan. By filling in the below survey, you can tell us what air quality means to you and what action you think should be taken across the borough. The survey will be open until 30th November 2021.

Meanwhile, we will also be undertaking borough-wide air pollution modelling to better understand the situation in Brent, identifying pollution hotspots and dominant sources for those locations.

2) Feedback on the Draft Air Quality Plan:

The information you share in the first survey, along with the borough-wide data modelling, will help feed into the creation of a draft Air Quality Action Plan.

Once the draft is written, you will have an opportunity to give your feedback on the draft plan, through a public consultation on this site, before the final version is published in 2023.

3) Publishing the Air Quality Action Plan

Once the plan has gone through that final public consultation, the final plan will be shared in 2023 and delivery of the actions will start.

In other news! Brent’s Long-Term Transport Strategy is being developed alongside the AQAP – you survey responses will also be fed into this. You can have your say on the draft Transport Strategy in the coming months – watch out for more news on this site.


David Walton said...

Brent tends to like off the shelf generic moveable feast ambiguous action plans.

South Kilburn, increase the population from 6000 in year 2000 to 36,000 by 2041 ,masses of car free housing no gardens, yet also a fixed plan to double the amount of vehicle roads inside this zone? This when South Kilburn always had Brent's lowest car use figures- this given two tubes, a rail station and Central London level bus services.

How about this Air Quality Action Plan being based on Brent's careful zoned urban realities, from its de-growth hillside conserves and to its mega growth flood/ pollution bowl vales?

Paul Lorber said...

I wonder how much of the dirty air is caused by cranes and masses of lorries bringing materials onto the buildings sites all across Alperton, Wembley and the rest of Brent to be build the monster Tower Blocks as part of the Labour run Brent Council's policy to over develop Brent with highly polluting and energy inefficient tall buildings?

What we do not need is empty posturing by Labour politicians and Brent Council and effective action to stop the things that cause most of the damage!

Anonymous said...

Trust our Brent Labour Councillor Leader, our Brent local councillors (majority Labour) and our two Brent Labour MPs will be fighting against the Labour Mayor's suggestion that the Bakerloo Line and potentially the Jubilee or Met Line will need to close and loads of local bus services will need to be scrapped? Not only will these potential closures impact on travel for many of the poorest people in Brent ie those who Labour claim to fight for, the decision would also go against Brent Council declaring a 'climate emergency' and accepting the implementing of ULEZ through part of the borough.

Any loss of local tube services will also lead to a massive increase people driving to Wembley stadium or Arena events.

And what about all the thousands of new homes being built close to Stonebridge Park on the Bakerloo Line with marketing blurb declaring they are just 'a 7 minute walk to the station'.