Air Quality – Frequently Asked Questions, by Stephen James of the Environment Trust, April 2019
Air pollution is damaging our environment and our health. Up to 40,000 early deaths are attributable to air pollution each year in the UK. Air quality is an important issue for the environment and for health and well-being. Research about air quality is wide-ranging, detailed and complex. Some questions arise frequently in public discussion. There is a need for short, clear and accurate answers, together with pointers to comprehensive information. The questions and responses at https://e-voice.org.uk/kef/faqs/one-faq?faq_id=39185705 are a selection. Local AQ map below - most polluted spots in red, then yellow.

KEF's September 2016 statement on local air quality - and what we should do to improve it can be read at http://e-voice.org.uk/kef/assets/other/kef-statement-on-local-air-qua

 

If you're interested in air quality and pollution - and who isn't? - you can keep up with local and national developments and news in the Make Air Safe and Clean (MASC) Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MakeAirSafeClean/ and/or join the new Kingston Clean Air Now (CAN) group, a cross-community campaign about Kingston's polluted air with a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/376862079764252 and a website http://kingstoncan.org.gridhosted.co.uk/

 

KEF response to the consultation on Heathrow expansion, May 2017, objecting to expansion largely on air quality and sustainability grounds. KEF members have continued to attend meetings and consultation and respond negatively to the prospect of expansion of Heathrow and air travel.

 

Letter / press release sent to Surrey Comet and other local media, May 2017:

"Walk to School Week this year is from 15th to 19th May – if you are a parent, why not give it a try? According to the charity Living Streets “walking to school makes children feel healthier and happier, while reducing congestion and pollution outside the school gates”, and the Living Streets website provides ideas and resources for families and schools that will help make the walk to school fun.

But fun or not, you may be persuaded to take to your feet by the knowledge that sitting inside a car can be more dangerous for your children’s health than walking or cycling or scooting to school. Air pollution inside cars is worse than that on roads or pavements because the air intakes of cars are so close to exhaust-pipe level, and community monitors in nearby Kew found that school drop-off zones were 3 times more polluted than other roadsides. Children suffer the worst effects from air pollution because their lungs are still developing and may never fully develop if regularly exposed to pollution.

Roadsides may not be the healthiest places to walk, but if you choose quieter roads and walk on the inside of pavements, as far from the road as possible, you can reduce the risks to your children - and it will still be healthier than taking the car. And if you manage to walk to school for a week, maybe you could manage it for longer?

Yours faithfully

Marilyn Mason
Co-chair, Kingston Environment Forum"

 

Useful websites

       Kingston Council documents:

      Other AQ data and campaigns