Various ways to clean up the air in Hammersmith and Fulham have been presented to the council.
The resident-led Air Quality Commission, which presented its findings on Thursday (September 22), called for the government and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to do more to clean up the air.
The in-depth report was presented to Community Safety, Environment and Residents’ Services Policy and Accountability Committee at Hammersmith Town Hall by the six commissioners.
The council is looking for ways to clean up the air as it embarks on its aim of making Hammersmith and Fulham the greenest borough in London.
The commission was set up after it was revealed air pollution kills more than 200 people in the borough each year.
A report issued last year also suggested pollution was far worse in hot spots than expected.
Chairman Rosemary Petit said: “We’re looking to be the greenest borough in London and that requires determined and energetic work on behalf of the council, the GLA, the government and residents.”
The commissioners studied official and academic reports and received evidence from residents , community groups, Transport for London, businesses, council officers, politicians and academics.
Some of the recommendations made in the report and discussed at the meeting included:
- The government to change the MOT test to include the measurement of limits of nitrous oxides and particulate matter emissions
- Tyre, brake and clutch manufacturers to use materials that wear less which would reduce particulate matter
- The Mayor of London to promote less polluting and sustainable heating and energy in new developments
- The council to develop a plan to promote more plants, trees and shrubs in the borough
- The council to seek to reduce the number of deliveries to its buildings and the size of the vehicles used
- The council to create more charging points across the borough for electric vehicles
- Businesses and community organisations to promote and encourage car sharing schemes among employees and service users.
- More people to take up cycling to travel around the borough and beyond
“Air pollution is one the biggest public health problems we face in H&F, so we are extremely grateful that Rosemary and other residents have taken the time to develop this set of recommendations,” said Wesley Harcourt, head of environment at Hammersmith and Fulham Council .
“This administration is determined to do everything we can to make H&F the greenest borough in the country.
“We will study these recommendations carefully and pass them to the Mayor of London. We will do all we can to translate the excellent work the commission has done into action and work with residents to call on government to make reforms at the national level.”
The report will now be passed to the cabinet for further consideration.
Earlier the council lost out on making the Hammersmith gyratory a Lower Emission Neighbourhood .