HACKNEY Labour Group of councillors helped to launch Sadiq Khan’s air quality campaign in the Narroway, Mare St, Hackney today (June 22) along with events across London, aiming to reduce road pollution reduced by 28 per cent by 2021.
Sadiq, who is standing for re-election as Mayor of London, is delivering bold action to tackle toxic air pollution and climate change
- Cleaning up London’s bus and taxi fleets
- Introducing the world’s first ultra low emission zone
- Freezing TfL fare and introducing the hopper bus fare
- Creating more than 140km of new cycle pathways including many in Hackney
- Declaring a Climate Emergency in London
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, a keen cyclist and runner himself, welcomed the moves being made by the Mayor of London. “We should all be working towards cleaner air and tackling climate change, and Hackney is a leading borough in doing this. Pedestrianising and closing streets like the Narroway to traffic is part of this move away towards a cleaner and healthier environment. We have just welcomed the introduction of the City Fringe Low Emission Neighbourhood in Shoreditch. And we are one of the leading cycling boroughs in London.”
- London air pollution: Sadiq Khan announces £6m funding to tackle toxic air in the capital
Schemes will include the introduction of four Low Emission Neighbourhoods
£6million from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund will be invested into 15 new schemes across London to tackle the city’s polluted air, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced today.
These will include the introduction of 250 car-free and pedestrianisation initiatives across 16 boroughs, as well as programmes to reduce emissions on the Thames and in the City.
Low Emission Neighbourhoods (LENs) are to be introduced in Hackney, Dagenham, Southwark and Camden; these receive funding facilitating such projects as the establishment of electric vehicle charge points, the expansion of cycles lanes, and traffic reduction initiatives. The funding for these will be matched with almost £3 million from associated boroughs.
- Socialist Environment and Resources Association (SERA) Co-Chair, Jake Sumner, said: “Sadiq Khan’s has outlined an inspiring vision to clean London’s air. We need to see lower polluting buildings and businesses, stop vehicles chugging out fumes and pollution each day, improve public transport, plant more trees and give more powers to administrations to act. Given Brexit appears to be taking away the powers we have to force governments to act, we need a new Clean Air Act as well as leadership like we are seeing in London.”