Campaign to "Breathe Clean" in Tower Hamlets


Tower Hamlets is launching a campaign to tackle air pollution across the borough and raise awareness about what can be done locally to improve air quality and reduce risk to residents’ health.

The council is working with the NHS, TfL and environmental charities to help stop idling outside schools, introduce new green spaces in areas of high pollution, improve take-up of sustainable transport and help reduce pollution levels, which are currently the fifth worst in London and exceed UK and European UK air quality levels.

Research shows that most of the pollution comes from vehicles, and it has a greater impact on children, the elderly and those with underlying heath concerns.

It is known to thicken blood, thicken arteries and make strokes or heart attacks more likely.

An idling engine can also produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion. This is contributing to climate change and the level of pollution across the borough.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“We’re one of the best boroughs in London for transport connections. We need use those sustainable connections to reduce pollution levels, improve the environment and make Tower Hamlets a healthier place to live, work and visit.” 

Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development & Waste, said:

“Some of the worst air quality in Tower Hamlets is in our more deprived areas and so the council has an ambitious plan to get air quality within legal limits.

“Our campaign to Breathe Clean encourages everyone to make a change to improve air quality in the borough.”

Find out how you can help to clean the air in Tower Hamlets!

Join a workshop

Residents are invited to free, experimental and informative workshops in March, where they will be given the latest in wearable technology, such as jackets and gloves, that measure air quality on journeys around the borough.

For more information and to register for free

Dates for the workshops have been confirmed as:

  • Saturday 24 March at Teviot Community Centre, from 11.30-2.30pm
  • Saturday 31 March at Mudchute Farm, from 12pm-2.30pm

Electric vehicle charging points

The council is also building a network of electric vehicle charging points to help improve our air quality by making it easier for residents to use electric vehicles.

To find out more, email or call 012 2366 6099.

Vehicle idling is an offence against the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. The law states that is an offence to idle your engine unnecessarily when stationary.

You can do your bit by switching off the engine if it looks like you could be waiting for more than a minute or two. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they’re re-started without pressing the accelerator so you won’t waste lots of fuel switching the engine back on

Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018