Air pollution is a serious issue with significant adverse health impacts. The evidence of the negative implications that air pollution is having on human health is now indisputable. The most vulnerable in Hackney, such as the young, the old, and people with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly affected.
This is why Hackney Council has produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) 2020-25. The plan outlines the actions the council will take to improve air quality in Hackney between 2020 - 2025.
This AQAP will replace the previous plan which ran from 2015 - 2019 and sets out 42 actions across 9 core themes to ensure the council meets air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide in the borough. The council also goes further by committing Hackney to meet the World Health Organisation limit levels for particulate matter by 2030.
Hackney's commitment will not only address air pollution, but will realise co-benefits to issues such as noise pollution, green energy and the climate emergency which are covered in other council strategies, plans and policies. By reducing air pollution levels the council will contribute to a healthier and more vibrant society and make Hackney an even better place to live, work and visit. However, the council needs to ensure that its proposed actions meet the needs of all and is keen to hear from businesses.
Please click here to read the action plan and have your say before the consultation closes on 8 February 2021.