Pollution across Wandsworth is well above legal and healthy limits, according to tests carried out by Wandsworth Green Party.
Alarmed by the well documented toxic air in Putney, greens tested levels of nitrogen dioxide at 10 sites around Tooting and Battersea over the summer.
The results were truly shocking. All 5 sites in Tooting showed NO2 levels well above the maximum level of 40 micrograms per cubic metre with one site on Upper Tooting Road showing over twice the legal limit. Even within the confines of Battersea Park 3 out of 5 locations tested exceeded the healthy limit.
Wandsworth Greens call upon the Council to take more action to tackle this problem, such as fines for vehicles whose engines idle unnecessarily and making cycling and walking more attractive alternatives to car use. We also call upon the Mayor of London to strengthen plans for the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) where vehicles must meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel. Current plans would have the ULEZ covering London’s congestion charging zone only and would see it taking effect in 2020 but if we are going stop the silent killer that is toxic air we need a London wide ULEZ and we need it much sooner than 2020.
What you can do:-
Please sign the Save Falcon Park petition now
Make an objection to the Falcon Park development plans to your councillor (find your councillor here)
Join the Save Falcon Park facebook page here.
We are fighting to have this development blocked and to achieve a protected status for the park similar to Royal Parks & Commons.
A number of the 77 Horse Chestnut trees on Chestnut Avenue, Tooting Common have succumbed to ‘Bleeding Canker’. In spite of 3 surveys commissioned by the Council all saying that with good management many of these trees can survive, the Council is planning to remove all trees on the avenue, healthy and infected, and replant with saplings of a different, single species.
A consultation took place over the summer but with questionable process & results as is often the case with Wandsworth consultations. Most locals want the council to keep the avenue and replant only where trees pose a threat of falling.
After three years hard campaigning local residents have succeeded in saving this Grade II listed Victorian park from being turned into a race track every summer. Both Formula E and Wandsworth Borough Council have confirmed that the 2016 Formula E race will be the last in Battersea Park.
A crucial factor leading to this success was a legal challenge which set out the main reasons in law why the Council has acted beyond statute in imposing the construction of a Formula E car racing circuit within the park. This was backed up by a campaign of e-mails and letters to sponsors and to the FIA,the governing body of motor sport of which Formula E is a part.
It is sobering that big money seems to be more responsive to citizens' concerns than the elected politicians who are supposed to represent them. During the campaign our council showed a stunning disregard for due process in consultation and for the views of the local community. Nightingale Cllr. Ian Hart accused Battersea Park Action Group of faking the petition signatures; Cllr. Torrington, a resident of Putney, declared that parks were a luxury and Cllr. Cook made insulting remarks in the press, implying that people living on the edge of the park were only ‘nimbies’.
Wandsworth Greens would like to thank Battersea Park Action Group for their fantastic lead in this campaign!
Other campaigns we are linked to in Wandsworth:-
We have been long been campaigning with Living Streets for 20mph speed limits across the borough. Recently the council agreed to hold a borough wide consultation and we worked hard distributing leaflets encouraging residents to respond. In the end 3, 382 residents responded; 59% said Yes, they wanted 20mph on all residential roads. 40% said No.
As for the A and B bigger roads, 37% wanted some or all of these to be 20mph too.
On Tuesday, 5 July, the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee met and agreed to proceed in the light of this result with making all residential roads 20mph.
Green Parties across London have endorsed the six key policies of the London Cycling Campaign:-
Families should never be separated when running from war, torture and persecution. Please sign the petition
The air we breath in Wandsworth is lethal. Please sign this petition