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Air Quality

Volume 713: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities in Greater London are in breach of the legal requirement to declare an air quality management area for all places within their area where European Union limit values for (a) particulate matter, (b) nitrogen dioxide, and (c) named other regulated air pollutants which are not on the Mayor's draft air quality strategy are exceeded. [HL5652]

Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, local authorities are required to review and assess air quality in their authorities for seven key pollutants as set out in the air quality strategy. Where levels of these pollutants are above the air quality objectives set out in the strategy, they must carry out a more detailed assessment of air quality and, if necessary, declare an air quality management area (AQMA) and prepare an action plan to deliver air quality improvements in line with the local air quality management (LAQM) process.

Below is a table showing that all London boroughs have declared AQMAs for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and/or particulate matter (PM10) pollutants that breach air quality objectives. For all other relevant pollutants listed in the strategy, London boroughs have met the required air quality objectives. Local authorities including London boroughs are not required to declare AQMAs for pollutants outside the seven listed in the strategy as applicable to them.

Greater London Borough

Status

Date Declared

No of AQMAs

NO2 Limit Value affected (hourly or annual)

PM10Limit Value affected (24- hour or annual)

Source

Barking

Current

16/12/2008

1

Both

24-hour

Transport

Barnet

Current

18/04/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Bexley

Current

01/03/2007

1

Annual

Both

Transport/Industry

Brent

Current

16/12/2006

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Bromley

Current

15/03/2007

1

Annual

 

Mixed Roads

Camden

Current

20/09/2002

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Corp of London

Current

26/01/2001

1

Both

24-hour

Transport

Croydon

Current

24/04/2003

1

Annual

 

Transport

Ealing

Current

14/12/2000

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Enfield

Current

31/03/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Greenwich

Current

01/07/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport/Industry

Hackney

Current

29/06/2006

1

Both

24-hour

LTP Roads

Hammersmith

Current

03/11/2000

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Haringey

Current

01/07/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Harrow

Current

14/01/2002

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Havering

Current

11/09/2006

1

Annual

24-hour

Not determined

Hillingdon

Current

01/09/2003

1

Annual

 

Transport

Hounslow

Current

07/03/2006

1

Annual

 

Mixed Roads

Islington

Current

19/01/2001

1

Both

24-hour

Transport

Kensington

Current

01/11/2000

1

Both

Both

Transport

Kingston

Current

02/01/2003

1

Annual

Both

Transport

Lambeth

Current

01/09/2007

1

Both

Both

Transport

Lewisham

Current

01/07/2001

4

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Merton

Current

17/11/2003

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Newham

Current

25/03/2002

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Redbridge

Current

31/12/2003

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Richmond

Current

31/12/2000

1

Annual

Both

Transport

Southwark

Current

01/06/2003

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Sutton

Current

30/03/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Tower Hamlets

Current

06/12/2000

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport/Industry

Waltham Forest

Current

31/10/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport

Wandsworth

Current

01/01/2001

1

Annual

24-hour

Transport/Industry

Westminster

Current

09/03/1999

1

Both

Both

Transport