9 out of 10 Londoners say air pollution is at crisis levels
A new poll has revealed that a large majority of Londoners believes air pollution is at crisis levels across the capital and wants the Government to take more action now.
The poll of 1,000 Londoners found that 88 per cent think air pollution is a big problem, with 66 per cent citing air quality as bad in their local area and 72 per cent calling on ministers to do more.
The polling, for the Greater London Authority, coincides with a new local air quality report released by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, which showed that every London borough has recorded illegally high levels of air pollution in the last two years.
More than 9,000 Londoners die prematurely every year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution – while 802 educational establishments including 438 schools and 27 nurseries, in the capital are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels.
The Mayor has already taken hard-hitting action to tackle London’s toxic air head on. As well as implementing strong measures like the new T-Charge for older polluting vehicles in central London from October, Sadiq has given the boroughs a record £1 billion over five years to help them deliver local improvements, including prioritising air quality.
This far exceeds the £3 million Government awarded boroughs nationally this year to tackle air pollution.
Now the Mayor is urgently asking Government to equip him with the powers, funding and legislation needed to tackle London ‘shameful’ air quality once and for all. ■