Lambeth Labour has kicked off the new year by approving the replacement of Lambeth Landscapes vehicles which will result in a significant reduction of in emissions of toxic air pollutants, particularly NO2 and Particulate Matter.
Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, approved the decision to replace more than 40 ageing diesel vehicles with cleaner models. Diesel vehicles, particularly older models, pre Euro 6 standard, are the biggest generator of the toxic compounds in poor air quality. Replacing the polluting vehicles in the current fleet will play a part in improving the health of Lambeth residents.
2017 was a year of action against air pollution in Lambeth. Labour councillors have:
- Successfully campaigned for a new clean bus route between Brixton and Streatham.
- Launched a comprehensive Air Quality Action Plan, setting out 59 specific actions the Council will take.
- Organised the first ever Clean Air Week, including a number of initiatives to get schools, businesses and community groups to work together for cleaner air.
- Campaigned for guarantees that Brexit will not lead to a dilution of environmental standards.
- Invested in a range of local initiatives such as Green Screens at schools, anti-idling patrols, new cycle storage and Santander docking stations, as well as planting hundreds of new trees.
Our work has been supported with funding from the Mayor of London, who continues to show real leadership, and we look forward to working closely with the Sadiq as he develops plans to expand Ultra Low Emission Zone, plant hundreds of new trees and invest in electric charging infrastructure.
Lambeth Labour will continue to work to make our air cleaner. As well as replacing Lambeth Landscapes diesel cars, over the next six months we will spend £150,000 on installing new cycle hangars across the borough – increasing the total number of spaces by over 10%.
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite said:
“Lambeth has been at the forefront of efforts to kick clean air up the political agenda. This move is one of many we have made as part of our clean air committment. Replacing our Lambeth Landscapes cars is a huge step forward. We are working hard every day to improve air quality through our borough, particularly looking at protecting our children and elderly people. I am proud to continue to work cooperatively with my colleagues across the council to tackle air pollution.”