Kingston Council pledges to tackle air pollution on Clean Air Day
In Kingston, air pollution is thought to contribute to the equivalent of 1 in 20 deaths, that’s why the council is committing to tackling air quality in the borough on Clean Air Day (20 June).
A report going to the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee next week (25 June) sets out the council’s ambitions to improve the air we breathe through a range of initiatives including: installing new electric vehicle charging points; providing 26km of safe cycling lanes across the borough; introducing dockless electric bike hire to make cycling more accessible; planting 2,000 trees over four years; trialling ‘School Streets’ - closing roads to traffic at the start and end of the school day, and introducing campaigns to reduce engine idling.
The council will work with residents, businesses, academic institutions, technical experts and others to seek their views on how to improve air quality, recognising that it is a problem the community as a whole will need to be involved in solving.
Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:
“We’re committed to improving air quality across the borough and on Clean Air Day I’d like to celebrate the many measures the council is already putting in place. Residents tell us about their concerns and I look forward to working closely with them and other partners to make the changes we need to make.
“We will continue to lobby the Greater London Authority and central Government to support us in cleaning our air.”
The council is already working with Transport for London (TfL) to help deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and Healthy Streets agenda aimed at reducing car journeys and providing more environmentally friendly options for travel.
You can read more about the council’s plans to improve air quality by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/airquality. The report going to committee is also available on the website or you can watch the discussion live at kingston.public-i.tv.