Better air quality is one of the key public health challenges for Ealing and the country.
- Air pollution is the cause of many thousands of premature deaths each year in the UK. In 2019 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) was responsible for more than 33,000 deaths annually in the UK, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) for 5,750.
- By reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases including asthma.
- Maternal exposure to polluted air can result in premature and low birth-weight babies, as well as lung damage.
- The UK was frequently found to be in breach of EU air pollution rules when they applied to the UK before Brexit.
- For the first time in December 2020 air pollution exposure was listed as a cause of death, in the tragic death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, and the coroner recommended a reduction in national limits for particulate matter.
- Groups such as the Clean Air Parents’ Network intend to take legal action against the
Government to compel them to take action to improve air quality.
The council's own Air Quality monitoring page shows that monitors are only working in 4 of the 11 sites in the borough: Acton Vale, Hanger Lane Gyratory, Horn Lane TEOM and Western Avenue. Ealing Lib Dems believe that there is very little meaningful data being collected in Ealing and all residents in the borough need data collected on air quality so we know the true extent of the problem.
As Liberal Democrats, we believe that:
1. All of us, but especially our children, need the air to be less polluted so we can live healthier and happier lives.
2. Taking action on air quality will take pressure off the NHS.
Please sign our petition: "We call on Ealing Council to:
A. Install more pollution sensors near major roads and at every urban school.
B. Publicise local air quality issues including publishing live pollution levels from their pollution sensors stating specific levels of pollutants using globally recognised units of measurement.
C. Work to improve air quality in Ealing.
D. Take into account likely differential air pollution changes in different roads when designing traffic schemes".