Thursday 8 October is Clean Air Day 2020, and this week Barking and Dagenham put out their Air Quality Action Plan for public consultation. The Plan aims to introduce a number of innovative measures to reduce emissions across the borough, improving the health of all residents. The consultation is now open and closes on Monday 30 November.

Have your say here: https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/air-quality-action-plan

Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “Air pollution is having a significant impact on the health of residents, commuters and people who visit Barking and Dagenham and that’s why now more than ever, we need to start making changes. I hope that residents take part in the consultation and help us improve health outcomes by reducing pollution and improving air quality.”

The plan includes actions to switch the council fleet to electric, introduce low emission neighbourhoods, increase natural mitigation such as tree planting, and to retro-fit homes so that they are energy efficient. The plan is far reaching and also looks at the construction process of future developments and increased cycle/walking infrastructure.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “This is a timely document, and I would encourage all residents to take part in the consultation. Air quality is a major issue across London and due to the prevailing easterly wind we often get the brunt of it, that is why it is fantastic to see the council taking a proactive approach to improving the health of local people by tacking this issue. Any plan needs to ensure that it meets the needs of people who live and work in the borough so it is important that this consultation gets buy in from local residents.”

The draft Action Plan has been finalised over the last few months pulling together expertise from across council services. The steering committee took into consideration seven broad topics which addressed all aspects of living and working in the borough to create a far reaching plan.

Councillor Andrew Achilleos, Member Champion for Climate Change added: “This plan has the potential to deliver cleaner air for future generations and is being proposed at a time when air quality is more important than ever. I am proud to have been a part of it and look forward to working alongside colleagues to ensure that this plan is not just a soundbite, but the start of real positive change for our residents.”

The full Air Quality Action Plan 2020-2025 can be read by clicking HERE

You can take part in the consultation here: https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/air-quality-action-plan