Sadiq Khan MP, Member of Parliament for Tooting and Shadow Minister for London has spoken out against the government’s inaction on air quality.
Speaking at the launch of a national campaign against air pollution, Sadiq Khan MP has called for a national framework for Low Emission Zones to enable local authorities to encourage the use cleaner, greener, less-polluting vehicles. Sadiq has also called for greater powers for local authorities to tackle low levels of air quality in their communities.
Wandsworth has one of the highest levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and air pollution in London and back in 2003 it was declared an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ which means national air quality objectives are not being met. The issue is particularly prevalent along Trinity Road and Putney High Street.
Earlier this year Public Health England revealed that air pollution caused 110 early deaths each year in Wandsworth – more than those caused by obesity and alcohol. Experts have also warned that air pollution in London is stunting the development of children’s lungs.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“Air pollution in Wandsworth is a real problem and I share local concerns that not enough is being done to tackle it.
“If nothing changes Wandsworth’s air will remain dangerously polluted for at least another 20 years, and the health of thousands of children will be severely affected. That’s why I am calling for government action now; to support local authorities to tackle this public health crisis.
The Healthy Air Campaign said:
“Sadiq Khan MP is doing the right thing by stepping in to protect the health of local people. Air pollution is an invisible killer, causing heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease. Children living near busy roads have been shown to grow up with underdeveloped lungs, and that’s not acceptable.”