11 September 2015

Brixton set for the Walk for Clean Air event

The campaign group, Lambeth for a Cool Planet, is organising a “Walk for Clean Air” in Brixton on Sunday 13 September from 2pm- and local councillors are urging as many residents as possible to join the march.

The campaigners are meeting at 2pm this Sunday at the top of Rush Common (just below Holmewood Road) and walking to Windrush Square, Brixton. The event is listed on Facebook. The campaign is focused on getting London's pollution problems addressed.

Local Labour councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - said:

"The A23 through Brixton has some appalling levels of pollution – annual EU limits for Nitrogen Dioxide were reached after just four days in 2015 for the part of Brixton Road that runs through Vassall. The list of diseases and conditions caused by air pollution is endless, including affecting lung development in children and worsening asthma conditions for older people. About 9,500 premature deaths in London each year are attributed to air pollution. In Vassall some of the largest estates in the area border Brixton Road.

"Earlier this year, we got hundred of signatures for a campaign to clean up this pollution, demanding that the Mayor fit newer, cleaner engines to local buses that were a key contributor to pollution in the area. Following this campaign, the Mayor agreed to upgrade buses so they have cleaner engines. This is a positive step, but the pressure needs to be maintained - which is why events like those on Sunday are important. Good luck to the campaign and we do hope there is a strong turnout."