London Air Quality Meeting Tomorrow


Another press release from the Mayor:-

“Assembly to examine effects of air quality in London as Mayor gives third phase of LEZ the chop.

Questions about London’s air quality are top of the agenda at a meeting at City Hall tomorrow.

London’s air quality is the worst in the UK. It breaches European Union (EU) targets and could get worse if action is not taken. What impact is this having on Londoners’ health and how can it be improved?

Tomorrow, the London Assembly Environment Committee will hold the first of two hearings to inform its investigation into potential actions for improving air quality in the capital.

The meeting takes place on the first anniversary of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and just days after Mayor Boris Johnson announced he will suspend the third phase of the LEZ – a scheme designed to cut harmful emissions by encouraging the replacement of high polluting vans and lorries with new models that meet required emission standards.

Assembly Members will ask what impact the Mayor’s decision will have on air quality in the capital.

The following guests will be questioned:
· Professor Frank Kelly – Kings College London
· Gary Fuller – Kings College London
· Sean Beevers – Kings College London
· Simon Birkett – Campaign for Clean Air in London
· Dr. Iarla Kilbane-Dawe – AEA consultancy
· Gwyn Jones – AEA consultancy
· Sheila Keating – London Regional Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Immediately after the air quality hearing, at around 11.30am, Committee members will question the following guests about the implications of the Government’s decision to approve expansion at Heathrow Airport and what happens next in the process:

· Kulveer Ranger, Director of Transport Policy, GLA
· John Stewart, HACAN ClearSkies
· Cllr Stephen Knight, 2M Group of Councils

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 4 February 2009 at 10am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed live via webcast at: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/webcasts.jsp”

I am a bit concerned whether the people who are being questioned are from Kings College ie along Aldwych or Kings College Hospital. Surely doctors would know too and need to be there? What about someone from the British Medical Association, a cycling organisation or the British Lung Association?

I for one am suffering from air pollution. I am sick of the sore throats, catarrh and coughs. I am breathing so much toxic cr*p, my genes are probably making me into a man!

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