PRESS RELEASE: CHISWICK PARENTS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON PLAYGROUND TOXIC AIR POLLUTION
Calls follow report from The Mayor’s Office into London pollution levels at schools
Chiswick, London. May 24 2018:Parents from St. Mary’s Primary School, Chiswick have called upon The Mayor of London, London Borough of Hounslow Council and Transport for London to take immediate action to stem the illegal levels of air pollution in and around St Mary’s primary school. This follows a report from The Mayor’s office, which indicated the school is situated in one of London’s worst pollution hot-spots.
Andrea Carnevali from the St Mary’s Air Pollution Groupstated, we welcome today’s report however the results of the audit at St Mary’s prove that action needs to be taken immediately to resolve the toxic air pollution in and around the school. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of bad air as their lungs develop so we are calling on the Council to access funding from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund to immediately put in place measures to lower the illegal levels of Carbon monoxide and Nitrogen oxides as identified in the report”.
The parents’ group has already identified measures that can be immediately put in place to address the problem. These include the installation of air purifiers in the building and the erection of a living wall along the boundary with the offending A4 road. Further details on the proposed measures can be viewed at the group’s website https://www.stmarysapg.org.uk.
Carnevali added “We have been encouraged to receive support from local MP Ruth Cadbury, local councillors and other groups such as The Clean Air Campaign and Client Earth. We call on these groups and all concerned groups to not only get behind our efforts to put in place immediate measures to reduce pollution levels, but to lobby Transport for London to ensure the A4 road approaching the Hogarth roundabout is included in the Mayor’s proposal for expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Whilst the Mayor’s audit indicates that the road is included in the zone the inspectors seem to have missed the fact that the stretch of the A4 road from the North Circular to Hogarth roundabout (adjoining St Mary’s and Hogarth schools) is actually to be excluded. It is vehicles traveling and idling along this stretch of road that cause the vast majority of toxic air pollutants”
About St. Mary’s parents air pollution group.
The group was established by concerned parents from St Mary’s Primary School in Chiswick as a result of the school being identified as one of London’s most populated schools with illegal levels of toxic air pollutants. The purpose of the group is to proactively find measures that can be put in place to improve air quality in and around the school and to campaign with interested parties to establish funding from the Mayor’s air quality fund to ensure the measures are put in place immediately.
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