‘SMOG’ WARNING FOR NORTH KENSINGTON

This week, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) warned residents in North Kensington that ground level Ozone breached safety levels as permitted under UK and European Union air pollution laws.

Ozone, a major component in the formation of air pollution smogs, destroys lung tissue, cases asthma and respiratory attacks, affects the eyes and is especially harmful to babies, young children and the elderly. The current alert has been caused by excessive traffic emissions and increased traffic due to the Olympics, the hot weather, and the inability of the government, the Mayor of London or the Council to take effective action to reduce air pollution levels.

Defra says that Ozone levels in North Kensington are High and advise that “Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoor, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion”.

Councillor Pat Mason said, “The health of 2 million Londoners and thousands of people in the Borough with asthma and respiratory problems are being put at risk because the government, the Mayor and the Council have no meaningful plans in place to reduce traffic levels and the harmful pollutants they spew out”

“A whole generation of babies and young people are being put at risk of living as asthma sufferers, and having their lungs permanently damaged while the government does nothing except issue pollution alerts and tells residents to hide inside their homes until it is over”

 

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Championing an environmental Low Emissions Zone

Let’s face it, there are serious air quality issues in London, and North Kensington doesn’t get off that lightly. Our main roads, and especially the Westway flyover, have excessive recorded levels of nitrogendioxide from vehicles. ..

We can improve our air quality by supporting Low Emissions Zones

Let’s face it, there are serious air quality issues in London, and North Kensington doesn’t get off that lightly. Our main roads like Ladbroke Grove, and especially the Westway flyover, have excessive recorded levels of nitrogen dioxide coming from vehicles…

That’s why your local Labour Councillors are championing the idea of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that keeps the most polluting vehicles out of central London, protecting local people – especially children – from dangerous airborne particles. The proposal focuses on health, rather than congestion, with no charge for ordinary cars driving in and out of the area around Portobello Road, like there is for the Congestion Charge Western Extension Zone.

But wouldn’t you know it. As soon as Labour Councillors started asking the Council to support a LEZ, the idea appeared in the Liberal Democrats newsletter. The fact that Labour Councillors have been the only councillors in our Borough to vote in favour of this practical idea is however not mentioned by our opponents.

It’s a shame that the local Liberal Democrats can’t come up with their own campaigns. I just hope they would stop nicking all of you local Labour Councillor’s ideas!

Written by Amir Akhrif. For more information, you can read his blog at http://amirakhrif.wordpress.com