Fifteen Barnet schools near areas where pollution breaches EU legal limits

Fifteen schools in Barnet are in locations where levels of the toxic pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) breach EU legal limits according to a study commissioned by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The fifteen schools where air tests showed 40 micrograms, or more, of NO2 per cubic metre of air are:
Wentworth Tutorial College (52 micrograms per cubic metre)
Beis Soroh Schneirer (47.8)
Rhodes Farm School (47.5)
Torah Vodaas (47.1)
Mapledown School (46.5)
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (46.1)
Ayesha Community School (45.1)
Unity Girls High School (45.1)
Beis Medrash Elyon (44.7)
Wessex Gardends Primary School (43.1)
Whitefield School (41)
Tudor Primary School (40.7)
Beis Yaakov Primary School (40.6)
Hasmonean Primary School (40.1)
The Orion Primary School (40)

A further 42 Barnet schools were in locations where air tests showed levels of NO2 were between 35-40 micrograms per cubic metre.

Barnet council has been awarded the Cleaner Air Borough accreditation, which is part of the Mayor of London's Local Air Quality Management Framework (LLAQM). The accreditation is awarded to boroughs for effectively monitoring and reducing air pollution. The Council's website states:

"Barnet was commended for its work involving schools and the local public through the Air Quality Champion scheme which it runs jointly with Harrow. The accreditation also acknowledged Barnet’s progress on a number of measures as part of the North Finchley Clean Air project, as well as developing a new action plan for the period 2016-2021. The council, together with Re*, have planted 114 trees on streets close to busy junctions to help reduce pollution. The trees such as Magnolia and London Plane are nitrogen-loving and each tree removes 2kg of carbon dioxide per year."

Labour councillor Adam Langleben has referred the issue to the Council's Environment Committee asking what action the Council is taking to reduce pollution around these schools.

Labour West Hendon councillor, Adam Langleben said: "Children are more vulnerable to the effects of pollution, and there is a link to increased asthma and severity of asthma and other respiratory diseases. Thousands of deaths are caused by pollution each year in London - it's a public health emergency.

"While there are things that Government could do, like a diesel car scrappage scheme, and things that the Mayor of London is doing, like more low emission zones, we can also take local action to improve things.

"It's been a year since the Environment Committee discussed the Council's Air Quality Action Plan, and it would be good to get an update on how things are progressing, and what has been done to reduce pollution around these schools with the highest levels of NO2."

Ends.

Notes:
1. A copy of Cllr Langleben's member's item with the list of Barnet schools can be found here:

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s38598/Members%20Items.pdf

2. A link to the Mayor of London's commissioned study on pollution around schools in London (Kings College London & Aether): https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/aether_updated_london_air_pollution_exposure_final.pdf

3. A copy of the Council's Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022: https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/environmental-health/air-quality/air-quality-action-plan.html

4. Environment Committee 8 March 2016 report on Air Quality Action Plan: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=695&MId=8336&Ver=4

5. Details of the Council's Cleaner Air Borough accreditation: https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/news/Barnet-receives-Cleaner-Air-Borough-status.html

6. For more information on action by the Mayor of London to tackle air pollution: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/pollution-and-air-quality/improving-air-quality

For more information contact Cllr Adam Langleben: cllr.a.langleben@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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