London MEP wants action on pollution deaths

Green MEP  Jean Lambert says programme of monitoring, mitigation and education needed to address air pollution risks in Tower Hamlets

Green MEP for London Jean Lambert has called for the establishment of an Air Quality Monitoring Area (AQMA) to be established in Tower Hamlets to tackle high levels of air pollution in the borough.

Jean Lambert MEP

Jean Lambert MEP

According to figures published by the government yesterday, as many as 8.07% of deaths in the borough in 2011 were attributable to air pollution.

The Green Party estimates that this accounts for as many as 71 deaths, a higher proportion than some of its neighbouring boroughs.

Ms Lambert called labelled the deaths a ‘tragedy’ and called for immediate action from the government and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

She said: “Every one of these 71 victims was somebody’s father, mother, son or daughter, and is a personal tragedy for family and friends.

“We know that air pollution levels are higher in Tower Hamlets than in most of the rest of the country and far in excess of levels permitted by EU safety rules.

“This silent killer is mainly caused by exhaust fumes from traffic — but rather than try to deal with this problem we know that London Mayor Boris Johnson has tried to cover up the problem — and that he has sought to water down EU safety legislation rather than comply with it.”


Ms Lambert said that a comprehensive programme of monitoring, mitigation and education to address the risks of air pollution among Tower Hamlets residents.

She added: “Tower Hamlets urgently needs an Air Quality Action Plan — we need to view air pollution as a public health issue and encourage motorists to use other modes of transport.

“The European Commission has been consulting on new air quality safety rules, and is due to present its proposals to MEPs next month. I hope the government has been unsuccessful in its attempts to weaken them, and will take immediate steps to conform with any changed rules about what levels of pollution are acceptable and safe.”


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Sean Dennis
Sean Dennis
10 years ago

I live close to Southwark Bridge and the amount of coach drivers that leave their engines running whilst stationery is unbelievable.

This practice isn’t good for London or the environment that we live in, Southwark council need to get on top of the problem as well as tfl.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan
10 years ago

Are health risks associated with exposure to incinerator emissions taken more seriously in Scotland than England?

Has SEPA any evidence that incinerator emissions do not cause higher infant death rates?
(8 November 2013)

Disclosure of documents following my incinerator/infant mortality letter dated 25 June 2008
(7 November 2013)

Data concerning baby mortality rates released to Tracey Crouch MP on 21 October 2013 and lodged in the House of Commons library
(4 November 2013)

What evidence has the Department seen that shows that incinerator emissions don’t harm health?
(28 Oct 2013)

Alexander van Terheyden
Alexander van Terheyden
10 years ago

I commend the Green MEP for raising this issue again – It’s amazing how the Government is covering up the problem of Pollution in Central London. The Mayor should be ashamed of himself by his lack of action on this subject.

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