Have your say on plans to improve air quality in Kingston

Kingston Council has launched a public consultation on proposed plans to improve air quality within the borough between 2016 and 2021.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environmental Health at Kingston Council, said: 

“Kingston, along with most London boroughs, is exceeding Government targets for annual mean nitrogen dioxide and daily mean particulates, especially close to the A3 and other busy roads. We are tackling this head-on by developing a new Air Quality Action Plan and we want to know what local people think.

“We know that the population of London and our borough is going to increase in the coming years. We need to act now to ensure that growth is not accompanied by worsening air quality. So we are working closely with Transport for London to explore the potential introduction of low emission buses and reviewing bus routes around the borough which are regularly subject to delays, causing localised pollution.

“Improving sustainable travel options within the borough is also key to the success of the plan. We are particularly looking at how we can improve pedestrian walkways and cycle parking provision.

“I urge residents, visitors and local businesses to get involved in this consultation and let us know what they think of our plans to tackle this important issue.”

The Air Quality Action Plan consultation ends on Thursday 7 January 2016. 

Following consideration of the feedback received from the consultation, the revised Air Quality Action Plan will be presented to the Adults and Children’s Committee on Wednesday 16 March 2016.