Walking the flightpath through Brentford

walk_flightpath.jpgSaturday 9 April 2017 Concerned residents took to the streets at the weekend, placards in hand, to help raise awareness that the proposed new runway at Heathrow airport will mean a further flightpath directly above Brentford over the Green Dragon Estate, New Road, Hamilton Road, Glenhurst Road/Orchard Road, the A4 and Boston Manor Park. The walk was organised by BASHR3 who have the support of Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth. Continue reading

How do we get clean air for all Londoners?

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That was the question posed by Caroline Russell last night at a content-packed meeting of over 80 representatives from every London borough. There were informed mini-presentations from Simon Birkett @CleanAirLondon, Prof Frank Kelly (Kings College), Alice Monroe (Doctors Against Diesel) @DieselDrs, Louise Francis @Mapping4Change, Andrea Lee @Client Earth, Prof Andrea Seller @Sellerthechemist, Lara Houston and Dr Jennifer Gabrys @citizensense.

All the participants lived outside the proposed ULEZ extension zone of the North and South Circular and were fully aware of very high measurements of NO2 and Particulate Matter polluting their air quality. ‘We want to breathe clean air too’ and this won’t happen without change. Last night we investigated ways that we can encourage more people to sign the petition to extend the ULEZ to the whole of Greater London: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/extend-the-ultra-low-emission-zone-to-the-whole-of-london Continue reading

A closer look at Brentford’s air pollution

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Air Quality Brentford are taking a closer look at the results from the air quality recorded at the A4/Glenhurst Road monitor. The results are available for all to see at http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk, select LB Hounslow and create graph. We think it’s important for more local residents to be aware of the high peaks in NO2 and PM10 emitted by diesel vehicles throughout the day. To help raise awareness we are making our own screengrabs of the results and publishing these on twitter every day @agreenerlondon

Air quality is measured as an annual average and the legal annual average for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is 40 ugm and hourly there should be no more than 18 exceedances of 200 ugm per year. The legal annual average for Particulate Matter (PM10) is 40 ugm-3 and over a 24 hour period no more than 35 exceedances in a year over 50 µg m-3.

The example above shows the results for 9 March, a beautifully sunny day but the levels of NO2 only dipped below 40ugm at 4am and midnight – this is however still legal as the limit hasn’t gone over 200ugm. This toxic gas is invisible but you can probably smell or taste it in the air. Both Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter are harmful to humans, these very small particles are breathed in to the lungs and even enter the bloodstream affecting our immune system, and we need to start taking a little more notice of these very high levels of pollution. The levels of Particulate Matter on this day were illegal as they were over 50ugm.

Green Dragon School plant their Woodland Trust free trees and hedges

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Green Dragon Primary School received their free packs of Woodland Trust trees and hedges last week, the little saplings arriving just in time to plant during their Science Week. We went along to see how they got on. Each class was given the responsibility of planting one tree each throughout the week, labelling them with their class name and watching over them as they grow. Trees and plants take in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and in return create Oxygen (O2) which we all need to live. They also help to absorb the toxic emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM10) which are made in particular by diesel vehicles driving along our busy roads, so we are encouraging the planting of trees, plants and flowers everywhere in Brentford.

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Heathrow expansion

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February 2017: Fill in the Government’s consultation on Heathrow Expansion here or email RunwayConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk to have your say

A new group called Bashrunway3 (Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion) has been set up to oppose further expansion at Heathrow, meaning a new flight path over Brentford. If you are concerned about this sign up to their emails: bashrunway3@gmail follow them on twitter @bashrunway3 and Facebook here

They have a public meeting at Brentford Free Church on Tues 21 March, 7.30 – 9.30pm Brentford Free Church with speakers Ruth Cadbury MP, Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth and John Stewart of Hacan

Would you like secure cycle parking on your street?

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Brentford has had its first cycle hoop installed and has proved to be a popular way to store cycles in a secure location outside of the home. Many residents might be reluctant to use peddle power if it means carrying a bike from the garden through the house and back again.

Residents’ group Air Quality Brentford are looking at positive ways to make a difference to our air quality. In an effort to get people thinking about cycling more they are asking for people in Brentford to express their initial interest in having a secure cycle hoop on their street. Continue reading

The Mayor’s response about our buses

21 November 2016: Tony Arbour (GLA member for Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston) asked the Mayor on our behalf when our buses will be fast-tracked to be emission-free in pollution hotspots like Brentford.

The Mayor’s response is as follows:
My aim is to fast track implementation of Low Emission Bus Zones where air quality is poorest and cleaner buses can make the biggest difference. All parts of London outside of the central Ultra Low Emission Zone will be considered.
TfL will lead by example by procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018. This will transform the fleet as bus service contracts are renewed over time.
Areas such as Brentford will benefit from my plans to upgrade the exhaust systems of more than half the 9,000-strong bus fleet. The latest selective catalytic reduction systems deliver immediate change by cutting tailpipe oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter by up to 95 per cent compared to non-retrofitted Euro V buses.