The air that we breathe affects us all, this is the one topic that unites us all across the political divides – we all breathe the same air. Air pollution is a very important issue in London.
It has been said that RBKC has the most polluted air in the United Kingdom, with more than one in 12 of all deaths in the London borough attributable to tiny particles of soot largely emitted by diesel engines.
The only other borough with similar pollution levels is Westminster. These statistics come from Public Health England.
In London, 3,389 people died of air pollution and 41,404 “life years” were lost in 2010, while in south-east England, 4,034 people died and 41,728 years were lost.
In our local Borough the air quality frequently exceeds safety standards, with nitrogen dioxide and heavy particulate pollution at levels that are a known threat to our health.
There are steps we can take as individuals and as a community to improve the air quality in our borough.
Together, we need to continue to campaign for joined up thinking that integrates climate and air quality outcomes with how we use and source energy and transport for healthier air.
Housing: For example, we all know that new buildings have to meet modern standards for pollution and energy saving, but how can we improve the energy efficiency of older buildings? Poorly built buildings mean that the residents can have damp or poorly ventilated buildings, and high fuel bills which waste expensive energy making them having to worry about heating or eating.
An example of how poor air quality affects our health:
Asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions in the UK, affecting almost 1.1 million children and 4.3 million adults – that’s 1 in 11 people.
Every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
Every day three people die from asthma, yet the National Review of Asthma Deaths shows that two out of three deaths are preventable.
The UK has amongst the highest death rates from asthma in Europe.
Transport: We need to continue the campaign against diesel fuels and encourage alternatives.
Rubbish – We each need to consider the rubbish that cannot be recycled as we are contributing to the overall costs of getting rid of waste – so we should check that we are not adding to this – an example is non re-usable coffee cups and coffee pods!
RBKC have had some success locally with “Green Walls” and we should ask all our local schools and public buildings to “green” their walls – ivy is great at absorbing pollution, and a school in Earls Court has reduced pollution by over 40%
Vulnerable people falling through the gap of the Covid-19 safety net
The new Government designation for “vulnerable”, has proved contentious, separating as it does those who can access additional help, quieter shopping times, and food or medicine deliveries from those who cannot.
I am calling on the Government to include in it carers and families with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and those with hidden disabilities. We have been promised parity for those with mental health conditions, but there is no evidence of this in the current Government list of those deemed “vulnerable”.
Congratulations to you and to all students who are completing their studies and graduating – congratulations for all the work and efforts that you have put in. Delighted to have helped Kensington students
Thanks to Sue Redmond for your generous words! We need to do everything we can to tackle disability hate crime and your work is very important!
Thank you Zara Ghods for your kind words. It was a pleasure working together for our older Kensington residents!
It is important for us to have Boris Johnson back at the helm
Having been the Deputy Mayor to Boris when he was Mayor of London, and having worked with him for the Olympics, I know how important it is to get Boris back at the helm.
Boris is fiendishly intelligent and the most charismatic leader of our generation. When he was Mayor for London, not usually a Conservative city, he knew he needed to repay the trust that voters had given him.
We need to protect our high streets if #Kensington is to truly thrive. I’ve received hundreds of responses on my recent ‘Campaigns for Kensington’ survey and this is a big issue for local people. Fighting the corner of local shops, cafes and traders will always be my priority.
Did you know you can now listen to my brand new podcast ‘In Conversation with Victoria Borwick’ on #Spotify and on Google Podcasts? In it, I discuss the important issues facing #Kensington and #London. Episode 1 is on knife crime, let me know what you think!
National politics is fixated on Brexit, but I am very conscious from my postbag, that there are so many vital and important issues in our day-to-day lives. At this time of year of renewal, of putting winter behind us, I have concentrated on community events – as that to me is the spirit of our community here in Kensington.
Thank you to those who completed my local resident’s survey in Kensington.
To summarise the results, I have put them in chart form here, but I shall be taking up these topics with our local councillors, where relevant, and if you re-select me as your candidate I will ensure that these form the basis of my “Campaigns for Kensington”.
If you haven’t completed my survey yet, there’s still time to do so by clicking here.
Why I can win back Kensington
Victoria Borwick sets out why she’s the right choice to be the Tory’s Kensington candidate at the next general election.
As an MP much of my time was spent in debates in Parliament or immersed in casework, but there was also the opportunity of dipping into the fantastic library in the House of Commons, I therefore had time to read several accounts of our Windrush arrivals, and those that preceded them – I particularly enjoyed the Trevor Phillips book where he interviewed and followed the lives of many individuals and their experiences.
Meeting with the Minister to discuss the urgent need to improve Broadband access in Kensington.
Local meeting was held at the Town Hall with Councillors, Openreach team from BT and Tony Devenish from the GLA. All residents urgently need good broadband. Cllr Matthew Palmer also led a resident meeting to improve these services with representatives from BT.
I am absolutely devastated by this dreadful fire, as we all are. I have visited the local voluntary centres on a number of occasions in order to help as I know have many of you. The community’s response has been amazing.
When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and spoke directly to the people of Britain she showed that she understood the complexity of people’s lives, and we all gave a collective sigh of relief across the Country that the Head Girl was in charge and we were in capable hands.