Air Pollution

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%

August 9th, 2017

Community Tea Party

Over three hundred older people participated in the Community Tea event, supported by over forty different organisations. The event was held in the Council’s Great Hall and coordinated by the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents.

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First year anniversary of Grenfell Tower

As we commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy of Grenfell I am pleased that the Prime Minister has publicly confirmed the Government’s ongoing support for all those affected by this tragedy.

This article from the Prime Minister appeared in the Evening Standard:

The Prime Minister outlines her Brexit approach

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister
The Sunday Times
Sunday 13th May 2018

Trust me, I’ll take back control — but I’ll need your help

Amid all the noisy debate and technical discussions about our departure from the European Union, I want to take this opportunity to remind the British public of my mission in the negotiations. Brexit provides the opportunity to build a new relationship with the EU where we are close trading partners and strong allies but with the British government in control of our laws, our immigration policy and how taxpayers’ money is spent.

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Windrush settlers

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.

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Death toll on your conscience Mr Mayor?

On knife crime, you must and you CAN do more Mr Mayor.

As I write this, sixty young people have lost their lives this year. Sixty families grieving. This cannot go on.

As the previous Deputy Mayor of London, I saw at first-hand how you can tackle this problem. When Boris was Mayor he inherited a murder rate of over 21 young people a year (2008) from Ken Livingstone.

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Broadband in Kensington

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.

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Notting Hill Carnival

Significant changes must be made, to improve this event, which drew in a million people this year.

Click here to see more about the Notting Hill Carnival.

Grenfell Tower

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.

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Air Quality


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