Joan Ryan MP has raised serious concerns regarding London's air quality and the impact this is having on Enfield residents.
Air quality – or the distinct lack of it – is a real issue throughout London, especially in Enfield.
Air pollution causes over 9,500 deaths in London every year and has significant effects on health at every stage of life from the womb to old age.
We need to find long-lasting solutions to this problem, not the Government’s current plans, which have been ruled as “woefully inadequate” by the High Court. As the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said, “tackling poor air quality requires bold action.”
The Borough of Enfield is bordered by the M25 to the North and the North Circular to the South. In Enfield North we have major arterial roads like the A10, the Hertford Road and Bullsmoor Lane. All these roads have terrible congestion problems and cut through built-up residential areas. As a result, the whole borough has been declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) by Enfield Council.
Given that Enfield is home to London's second largest industrial estate at Brimsdown, I understand and support the need to develop more jobs and businesses in our community, but not at the expense of air quality and the quality of life for local residents.
It is great that Sadiq has put an action plan in place to improve air quality across the capital - this is a real priority for City Hall. I support Sadiq's plans and I would also support the further extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone - an area within which all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs will need to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel - to cover the whole of London.
You can watch my question to the Secretary of State for Transport here: