Tackling toxic air: residents to have their say
Residents will be asked for their views on Haringey’s plans to improve air quality in the borough, just weeks after the council declared a climate emergency.
Haringey Council’s Cabinet agreed to consult with the public on our draft Air Quality Action Plan, which outlines 25 commitments and actions to reduce air pollution over the next five years. Public feedback will help to formulate the final strategy later this year.
Eight workshops and a public meeting were held in 2017 and the ideas and opinions expressed have been fed into this provisional plan – which also earned Haringey Cleaner Air Borough Status.
There will be a particular focus on Haringey’s older, disabled and young residents. An eight-week consultation period is scheduled to start in May and there will be more information closer to the time.
Proposals include increased monitoring of air quality levels and minimising emissions from construction. There is also a commitment to increasing green space and infrastructure as well as electric charging points for electric vehicles, and infrastructure that supports walking and cycling.
Other proposals include working with schools on active travel, engaging with businesses, rewarding low emission businesses and clamping down on idling vehicles.
Councillor Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“We must, and we will, do everything in our power to make our borough cleaner and healthier. Reducing dangerous toxic air is of huge importance to us at Haringey just weeks after the council declared a climate emergency. We want to get people switching from cars to cycling, walking and public transport. Residents – you are vital in telling us what you want to see. Please have your say in this important consultation.”
Cabinet also agreed to adopt a new fly-tipping strategy.
And last month the council declared a climate emergency, pledging a range of steps to minimise the impacts of climate change.
The draft Air Quality Action Plan is here: http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/documents/s107768/Appendix%20A%20-%20...