AN estimated 241 people are dying from air pollution in Hounslow each year.

A study commissioned by Greater London Authority, has shown that increased levels of pollutant particles in the air, are leading to between 11 and 14 people in each ward prematurely dying.

The Institute of Occupational Medicine looked at the mortality impact of "fine particle matter" from traffic, households and industry, in London over a long term basis and, for the first time have broken it down by London ward.

Responding to the publication of the report which accompanies the Mayor's draft Air Quality Strategy, London Assembly Green Party member, Darren Johnson said: "Londoners really need this kind of information about the risks to their health and I congratulate the mayor on its publication.

"However, it does highlight how inadequate the Mayor's plans are to reduce pollution and the need for urgent targeted measures, such as inner London low emission zone."

It is estimated that per year, 4,267 deaths in London are caused by air pollution with roughly 241 of those coming from the Hounslow borough.
In relation to other London boroughs, Hounslow's figures are reasonably average, with parts of Bromley and Sutton having almost double the number of deaths as Hounslow.

The Mayor's Air Quality Strategy sets out a framework for delivering improvements to London's air quality and includes measures aimed at reducing emissions from transport, homes, offices and new developments as well as raising awareness of air quality issues.

The Mayor wants to hear your views on the draft Air Quality Strategy and is running a public consultation until 13 August 2010. The final strategy is expected to be published later in 2010.

To have your say on air quality in London