OUR ENVIRONMENT REPORTS
CLEANING UP LONDON
By Susan Hall AM, September 2018
Improving London’s environmenti s a key priority for the Mayor of London. London has the highest level of fly-tipping in England and it is rising. Clearly, this is a problem that needs to be tackled.
Local Authorities are responsible for dealing with investigating, clearing and taking appropriate enforcement action in relation to smaller scale fly-tips on public land (including public roads and highways within their responsibility). However, the Mayor’s priority is to improve the quality of the environment, and fly-tipping reduces the state of the environment in the capital.
This report sets out the problem of fly-tipping in London including the scale, costs, types of waste and the behaviours that lead to the illegal dumping of waste. It contains proposals on how the Mayor can play a role in assisting local authorities with tackling fly- tipping so that both levels of government in London can deliver on their priorities.
CLEARING THE AIR: DEVELOPING A MORE TARGETED APPROACH TO TACKLING LONDON'S POLLUTION PROBLEM
By Shaun Bailey AM, October 2017
Improving London’s air quality is at the forefront of the Mayor of London’s environment and transport strategies. This issue has grown in importance over recent years, not just for health professionals and politicians, but for the general public as well. Clearly, the problem of poor air quality is something that needs to be tackled.
In an attempt to tackle this problem, the Mayor has announced several proposals intended to improve air quality in the Capital. These include the T-Charge, which is due to start in October, the proposed earlier implementation of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and the expansion of the ULEZ to the North and South Circulars.
This report evaluates the Mayor’s proposals and outlines how a more targeted approach could deliver the same impact on air quality, but without the impact on ordinary Londoners. While there is some merit in the Mayor’s approach to this issue, there remain several key problems with his approach.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR: A BETTER APPROACH TO IMPROVING LONDON'S AIR QUALITY
By Gareth Bacon AM, January 2017
In confronting the serious issue of improving London’s air quality, the Mayor should be looking at how to get the biggest bang for his buck. In other words how to achieve the largest possible reduction in emissions of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and otherpollutants with the smallest possible cost to Londoners. Unfortunately, as this report will demonstrate, that is not the approach Mayor Khan has taken. Rather, in pushing for a massive expansion of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), he has chosen an option that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds, damage business and disadvantage Londoners for a relatively marginal improvement in air quality.
The Mayor has also made some sensible suggestions alongside his misconceived idea of an expanded ULEZ. This report will assess his proposals, making clear their benefits and disadvantages. It will set out an alternative ‘ULEZ Plus’ approach, combining the central London ULEZ that had been planned by the previous Mayoral administration with a raft of additional measures that are better targeted at London’s pollution hotspots. This wouldmake up an ambitious but deliverable programme to radically improve London’s air quality that would be quicker to implement, cheaper for the taxpayer and more effective for Londoners than Mayor Khan’s plans.