Decision details

Air Quality Vision for Lambeth

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report was introduced by Councillor Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air who highlighted that:


·         Air quality in Lambeth had improved significantly over recent years

·         The levels of air pollution throughout the Borough may be legal but not safe

·         The Air Quality Vision would set out a number of ambitious targets to shape the Borough

·         Work would be done to educate and inform residents and communities on how they may take action on air quality themselves.


Cabinet was addressed by Councillor Peter Elliott of the Green Group, who highlighted a number of questions surrounding:


·         The programme of rolling out air quality monitors

·         Whether the data collected by developers could be made public.


In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:


·         Lightweight air quality monitors had been installed across the Borough

·         Next month it had been planned for an air quality monitoring station to be fitted which will ensure data was clarifiable

·         Services were being developed and expanded to ensure live data can be shared and published, increasing capability and ease of use by residents

·         Planning Permission had been applied to developers to ensure emissions are monitored

·         Discussions would be had going forward to see what could be done in terms of having data made public from developers


Cabinet made the following observations:


·         The report detailed a lot of data around the effects of poor air quality on children

·         There was a lot of community support on these issues, including residents using sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling

·         A number of schools had adopted air quality monitors which showed reduced levels of pollution around their cycle paths

·         It would be optimal for all schools to be able to monitor their air quality.


In response to some of the comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:


·         A number of interventions and workshops would be presented to schools offering opportunities to learn about climate change

·         Discussions were being had with different groups across the Council to obtain recommendations as to where air quality monitors would be best placed

·         Communities and areas that were particularly impacted would be prioritised (e.g. Schools and care homes)

·         It was important to recognise the positive impact policies have had on air quality e.g. Bus electrification and the Ultra Low Emission Zone.


Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:


1. To approve and adopt the Air Quality Vision for Lambeth

Publication date: 26/11/2021

Date of decision: 22/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 22/11/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 04/12/2021

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