Redbridge Council encouraged to bid for a slice of £6m air quality mayoral funding

PUBLISHED: 16:22 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 08 October 2018

The scheme has been running since 2013. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA

The scheme has been running since 2013. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA

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Redbridge Council is being urged to “take their final chance” to bid for a £6million share of mayoral funding to boost air quality in the borough.

Londonwide Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM, said that with air pollution leading to the premature deaths of over 9,000 Londoners each year, communities must “use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions”.

This third and final round of funding comes as part of the £20 million Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, which launched in 2013.

A proportion of this was allocated in early 2016 to introduce measures to tackle air pollution across 28 London boroughs, such as electrifying vehicle fleets, rolling out low cost electric charging points and reducing the construction industry’s impact on air quality in the capital.

All councils in the capital are encouraged to bid for a portion of the £6 million funding pot to deliver more local car-free initiatives, pedestrianisation schemes and low emission neighbourhoods.

The Air Quality Fund forms part of a number of actions the Mayor is already taking to clean up London’s air, such as the implementation of the T-Charge and the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).

Londonwide Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM said: “With air pollution contributing to the premature deaths of thousands of Londoners every year, it is fundamental that we use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that children, and the most vulnerable members of our community, are being routinely exposed to toxic air.

“We have seen boroughs across London, including Redbridge, who already benefit from previous rounds of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, but there is still a lot more to be done if we are to effectively target pollution hotspots in our community.

“This is why I am urging Redbridge Council to take their final chance to bid for more of this vital funding, which could make a huge difference to the health of local people.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We know residents are concerned about pollution and we are committed to improving air quality in the borough.

“We’ve successfully bid for money from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund on two previous occasions for projects at local schools and will be developing proposals for a round three application, the deadline for which is January 2019.”

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