Camden Air Action / Camden Transition Towns Network Response to Camden’s Consultation on Clean Air Action Plan for 2018 – 2022

“Camden has a proud, rebellious spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems, and to bring about real social change.”

These opening words from Camden’s draft Clean Air Action Plan 2018 – 2022 aptly set the scene for Camden Air Action’s 13 February lively, focused and good-humoured consultation workshop on the plan’s proposals. During the evening around 20 of us worked together to review Camden’s plans for cleaning up the air we breathe:  by cutting NOX and PM emissions from buildings and building construction, transport and local businesses, deliveries and freight. And at other proposals aimed at reducing air pollution around local schools and other vulnerable community locations, and for harnessing lobbying skills; and involving the local health sector to raise awareness and support change.

By the end of the evening we agreed there’s plenty to support in Camden’s proposals, but we want them to be more ambitious, and they will need clearer quantified targets and accelerated timescales to take us securely to the WHO standard for healthy air Camden have adopted.

The workshop also called for Camden to declare a Climate Emergency, to make the connection between health harming and climate changing emissions, and to ensure the necessary focus, joined up action and resource allocation are in place to tackle both in the short timescales available to us. This has been incorporated into Camden Air Action’s consultation response to the CAAP, along with other bright ideas from the workshop.

A big thankyou to all who contributed, including Camden Officers Harold Garner and Tom Parkes, and to Castlehaven Community Centre who provided the venue and helped host the event.

 

Want to clean up air pollution in your neighbourhood?

CleanAirForCamdenThen don’t miss out on a simple and important way to speak up and influence Camden’s new Clean Air Management Plan for 2018-2020, by visiting https://consultations.wearecamden.org/ and scrolling down to respond to the online consultation.

The deadline for responding: 15th February, so let’s all put it on our MUST DO list for the coming week! It’s not the most user friendly consultation website but please don’t give up on it. Keep at it to leave your comments  – cleaning up the air is just too important. Continue reading

Garden Waste Collection Survey

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Have your say about Camden Council’s new £75 annual charge for garden waste collection via Camden Air Action’s questionnaire.

Is the charge fair way to help boost the council’s finances or could it reduce recycling if residents dispose of garden waste with their general rubbish or food caddy, or increase air pollution through more frequent car trips to the Regis Road recycling centre?brownbin

Green Party Councillor Siân Berry has agreed to raise the results with the Council.

Contact CamdenAirAction.Questionnaire@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Consultation: Our Response to Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan 2016-18

Camden Air Action submitted the following answers to survey questions and the comments that accompany them as Camden Air Action’s response to Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan 2016-18 Consultation.

Overall: Camden Air Action largely supports Camden’s proposals for tackling the current public health emergency that air pollution levels in the borough represent. But where we consider proposals do not go far or fast enough we have told you so. And where we think more information is needed we have asked for it.

We believe the aim should be to make Camden’s air not only LEGAL (below 40μg/m³ NO2 emissions), but SAFE (below 20μg/m³ emissions) and hope comments and suggestions given in our response will be helpful for achieving this. Continue reading

Consultation: Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan for 2016-18

Find out how Camden plans to make the air safe to breathe, and get involved to help make sure this plan really does have teeth and covers the range of things that need to happen – within the time scales we need to protect growing children and vulnerable elderly citizens. Use your voice to demand greater priority is given to making London’s air not only LEGAL, but SAFE.  See www.camden.gov.uk/airquality for the draft plan, and ways we can protect ourselves from air pollution, and action needed to clean it up.