Local MP calls for more action on air quality

Following a number of breaches just days into the New Year, Local MP Justine Greening has called for more action to tackle excessive levels of air pollution in Putney High Street.

Justine said:” It is deeply concerning that we have already seen Putney High Street breaching the legal limit for a whole year within a few days. It is not only bad for our health but also bad for the viability of Putney High Street as a place to shop or do business.

“I have spent significant time over the past few years pressing for more action to be taken to address this issue. We have seen some progress but clearly it is not enough and our community are understandably worried about the effect it could have on their health. Having initially discussed this with him, I have written to the Mayor, Boris Johnson, to ask for an urgent meeting together with officials and Wandsworth Council to find out what steps can be taken to tackle this urgent problem more effectively and for the long term.”

Cleaner and green buses have been introduced to the High Street as research had shown that buses were contributing more than two thirds of harmful NOx emissions in the high street. The Mayor is also introducing new zero emission capable taxis and the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020 which should see a 70% reduction in the number of Wandsworth residents living in areas breaching NO2 limits and significant improvements elsewhere in the capital.

Justine added: “Businesses in the High Street must comply with the ban that was introduced earlier this month by Wandsworth Council to stop vans, lorries and HGVs making daytime deliveries. They cause delays and pollution and that is precisely why I’m following up residents’ concerns that some businesses are ignoring the ban with Tesco and the Council.”