Highbury Greens urge council to tackle “killer” air pollution

Parents and Assembly Members protest. Photo courtesy of Islington Green Party

Green Party campaigners from Highbury have urged the council to tackle “killer” air pollution in the borough, following a regeneration meeting last Thursday.

Air pollution is responsible for 100 deaths per year across Islington, according to evidence given as part of the council’s air quality scrutiny review.

Clean Air London campaigner Simon Birkett told the meeting that Islington has the sixth worst air pollution levels of London’s 32 boroughs, and London as a whole has the highest levels of poisonous nitrogen dioxide in Europe.

Highbury Greens (@GreenHighbury) tweeted on Friday: “Great to see @CleanAirLondon speaking hard truth about impact of air pollution on health of Islington residents at council last night.

“Hope @islingtonbc will wake up to killer air pollution that is second only to smoking in Islington as cause of death. #healthandwellbeing”.

Islington’s recent health and wellbeing consultation, published in October, makes no mention of air pollution in the borough, but Green campaigners say simply encouraging residents to use their cars less frequently would cut harmful emissions and improve the wellbeing of local people.

“Islington Council have got to get serious about tackling air pollution,” said Caroline Russell, campaigns coordinator of Islington Green Party.