Labour call for air quality monitoring in Heathfield and West Twickenham
At Richmond Council's meeting on Tuesday 23rd January, Dr Paul Tanto, Labour candidate for West Twickenham, gained an assurance that the Council would look into siting more air pollution monitors in West Twickenham and Heathfield.
Dr Tanto said “Air quality is a key responsibility of the Council in its public health role. The Council is meeting the basic DEFRA guidelines, but it needs to do much more.
“West Twickenham and Heathfield have the highest rates of emergency admissions to hospital in the borough for COPD and asthma respectively. Pollution is one of the factors that aggravates the lung conditions.
“Both these areas have busy roads within them and are overfly zones used by Heathrow air traffic. Understanding the levels of airborne pollution is important and the first step in combatting it.
“Working collaboratively with the public and health and wellbeing agencies we could improve health outcomes in these wards. Understanding the nature of the pollution problem is key".
Cllr Churchill, Leader of the Labour Group, also raised concerns during the meeting regarding public health.
Cllr Churchill said: “Tory administration’s lacklustre approach to public health, on top of its failure to properly fund social care, is having a knock-on effect on our local NHS hospitals. The public’s feedback to the Draft Air Quality action plan says it all really: “Lacks ambition – council needs to demonstrate stronger leadership.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.”
You can watch his questions and answers from the cabinet member here: