Boroughs get air pollution cash

West London boroughs and businesses have been awarded £1.6m by the Mayor of London to work on new measures to tackle air pollution.

The money will be used for a variety of projects including schemes to encourage the construction industry to clean up air quality, prompt Londoners to use low emission vehicles, and the planting of green walls or trees to trap pollution and improve our air quality.

The grants are the first to be awarded from a £20m Air Quality Fund created by the Mayor earlier this year specifically to support local efforts in reducing air pollution at hotspots in the Capital over the next 10 years.

Boroughs from all over London submitted bids in partnership with neighbouring authorities, businesses and health authorities with the intention of setting up projects aimed at encouraging local communities to get involved with helping improve air quality. Any funding provided through the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund is being match funded by the borough or partnership group.

Harrow, Hillingdon, Brent, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham councils have all been allocated individual and/or partnership funding to support air quality projects across west London. 

Funding has been allocated to projects including the use of dust suppressants at Scrubs Lane and the nearby large waste transfer stations by Hammersmith & Fulham Council; and an assessment of the impact on air quality of west London Transport Corridors through a joint bid by Ealing, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

Ealing council will also receive funding to introduce a number of air quality measures to complement the major transport scheme planned at Ealing Broadway and Haven Green. These include green infrastructure, walking and cycling initiatives and extensive air quality monitoring.

Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham have been awarded funding to implement and assess the impact of green infrastructure at key pollution hotspots across the two boroughs.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The more we work together to tackle air quality, the bigger the potential impact, and this funding will be used to make a real improvement.”

As part of applying for the funding, 26 boroughs have also signed up to become Cleaner Air Boroughs.

This involves boroughs working to meet six criteria, including reducing emissions from their own vehicle fleets, promoting air quality with their residents and integrating air quality into their new public health responsibilities.

The Mayor’s team will work with these boroughs on delivering improvements at a local level and the first set of successful boroughs will be announced next year.

Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, Surface Transport at TfL said: “We’re pleased to be supporting London boroughs and partners with projects to improve air quality across the capital.

“These initiatives will help improve Londoners quality of life and support a more prosperous city.”

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