Category Archives: Air quality

Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Earlier this year the council held an initial consultation on the idea of a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ in Streatham Hill. A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) aims to remove or reduce the volume of non-local traffic passing through, while maintaining access for motor vehicles. There are several reasons for doing this:

  • Reduce carbon emissions and help address the climate emergency.
  • Improve air quality. (Air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths each year in London.)
  • Reduce noise levels.
  • Allow children to play in the street again.
  • Reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads. (Currently around 200 people in Lambeth are killed or seriously injured by motor vehicles each year.)

On Friday, the council decided to implement emergency versions of several LTNs, including the one in Streatham Hill. As well as LTNs, ‘healthy routes’ will be implemented to help people to travel safely on foot and by cycle.

The Streatham Hill LTN is scheduled to be implemented as the fourth emergency LTN (after Oval, Railton and Ferndale), with design starting on 8th June and implementation from 6th July. A statutory consultation period starts on 22nd June. A consultation on plans for the permanent Streatham Hill LTN is due in autumn 2020.

A map illustrating the current situation in Streatham Hill. The red and orange lines indicate roads that have a high proportion of through traffic. (Click to enlarge image.)

Pollution monitoring – final report

As has been described in previous posts, we have been monitoring the level of pollution on Christchurch Road, as part of the Love Lambeth Air project. The monitoring ran for a period of 6 months from November 2016 until April 2017. The project was rounded off with a feedback event on 14th June 2017, which was held at St. John’s Church in Waterloo. See here for a document describing this event.

Amongst several others, presentations were given by Claire Baldock from Mapping for Change, May Van Schalkwyk, an oncologist and Sarah Hudson and Sheila D’Souza, residents of the Barbican and Marylebone, respectively. Their presentations can be downloaded by clicking on their names.

The final report can be downloaded here and the raw data is here. There is also a one page summary of the results from across Lambeth.

The feedback event at St. John's Church, Waterloo.
The feedback event at St. John’s Church, Waterloo.

Air pollution monitoring – update

We’re now two months into the six-month air pollution monitoring exercise that is going on all over London – see this post for more details. The results for the first two months have now been added to the air pollution map.

The pollution that is being monitored is nitrogen dioxide. This mainly comes for diesel engines and, as well as causing health problems itself, can be used as an indicator of the overall level of pollution. The legal limit for this pollutant is 40µg/m3. The level measured in November was 78µg/m3 and in December it was 68µg/m3 – both well in excess of the legal limit.

February 2017 pollution map
Live graph of nitrogen dioxide measurements. As each month’s data is added, it will appear on this chart. The red line indicates the legal limit.

February 2017 pollution map
The pollution map for our local area, with data for December 2016 and January 2017. The icons indicate that two measurements have so far been taken at each location. The colour code indicates how the measured values compare with the legal limit.

Air pollution monitoring

Air pollution has been in the news again this week, with the High Court ruling that the government needs to act as soon as possible to bring pollution within legal limits. With thousands of people dying early in London each year due to air pollution and the south circular road being so near by, how worried should our residents be?

To help find out, Rob, our Chair, has arranged for a pollution monitor to be installed by the south circular for six months. This will measure the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air – a pollutant emitted by diesel engines and gas boilers. The pollution monitoring scheme is funded by Lambeth Council and organised by Mapping for Change who will report the results on their website.

The location of the pollution monitor
The location of the pollution monitor

Air quality

While our estate has much lower air pollution levels than many other parts of London, residents are still exposed to high levels of air pollution, mainly due to local motor traffic. On 3rd February 2016, Robert Johnstone, Deputy Contracts Representative, attended a meeting with Andrew Round, the Sustainability Manager at Lambeth Council. The meeting was to discuss the council’s air quality action plan for 2017 to 2022.

Discussions at the meeting covered a wide range of topics, including diesel engines, trees, road planning and active travel. Robert raised the fact that there is a disused air quality monitoring station at the western end of Palace Road, suggesting that this could be brought back into use. He also suggested that our local schools could take advantages of various organisations that offer air pollution monitors to schools.

Andrew Round will continuing to consult Lambeth residents while writing a draft air quality action plan. The plan with then be distributed for consultation.

NO2 pollution map
A map showing average nitrogen dioxide levels during 2010 (in microgrammes per cubic metre). The yellow and red areas (>40) exceed the EU legal limit for this pollutant. Data courtesy of London Air.