In the run up to Clean Air day on 21 June, John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has lent his support to the Mayor of London’s call for the government to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
"It is appalling that forty per cent of our residents live in areas where air pollution exceeds national and EU guidelines, and they are breathing in chemicals that negatively impact on their health.
"We are doing all we can locally to reduce air pollution levels, but we urgently need national, joint action to stop dirty diesel fumes from debilitating our residents and devastating our environment.
"The scale of air pollution issues in the UK warrant a new approach, new legislation and new investment by the government to make it a safe place for our residents to live.
"I welcome the Mayor of London’s call to government for new action on this matter."
Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Regeneration and Air Quality said:
"Poor air quality does not respect borough boundaries and we are working with the Mayor of London to take action to tackle this issue, and get to grips with this blight to our environment and our resident’s health.
We echo the Mayor of London’s call on the Government to do their bit and set an ambitious target to take polluting vehicles off our roads, and then back this up with investment in a national vehicle renewal scheme, more support to deliver Clean Air Zones and a Clean Air Act"
Posted on Wednesday 20th June 2018