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.
It’s the first of March and time to replace the pollution-monitoring diffusion tube on Christchurch Road (see this post for more details). The results for the first three months have now been published. You can see them on the air pollution map. Sadly the latest result (for January 2017) is the worst yet – 101µg/m3 – two and half times the World Health Organisation guideline for this pollutant.
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.
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.
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.