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.