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Air pollution consultation

One in seven (14%) of Newham’s population are exposed to levels of Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) that are above the UK limit value for human health. On average, all Newham residents are also exposed to a level of airborne particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5) that is 35% greater than the World Health Organisation guideline value.


Right now, Newham residents are exposed to more high levels of toxic pollution caused by vehicles; causing the highest rate of deaths in England - that’s 96 people dying prematurely each year. We also have the highest number of our children admitted to hospital due to asthma-related conditions. Part of the reason is because some of our more established neighbourhoods are by busy main roads, but we also have high rates of ‘through-traffic’ vehicles from out of the borough using our residential roads as rat-runs.

hat is why we are absolutely determined to do everything we can to address poor air quality.

This year, Newham council has begun to introduce a range of environmental measures to tackle the negative effects of air pollution head on. This includes the development of a robust ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ which sets out a series of actions that the council will deliver over a 5-year period between 2019 - 2024. The proposed actions are intended to reduce concentrations of air pollution and exposure to air pollution, positively impacting on the health and quality of life of residents and visitors to the borough.

This draft Air Quality Action Plan also proposes that the council lead by example to reduce our direct air quality emissions and wider carbon footprint across all its service areas.  It also proposes actions for businesses, residents and developers of new buildings in Newham.

Read the full draft Air Quality Action Plan​ (PDF) 

Your views

We’re really keen to hear your views and get your opinions on our draft Air Quality Action Plan proposals. Please remember that the plan and the actions are proposals, and no decision has been taken. So your views and opinions matter, as they’ll be taken into account during this consultation phase. This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The consultation on the draft Air Quality Action Plan proposals closes on 14 October 2019, so responses will need to be received by this date. If you are completing a paper questionnaire please ensure that you post your questionnaire in enough time for it to reach the London Borough of Newham by this date.

Newham Council abides by the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct. This questionnaire is confidential and will only be used for analytical purposes. The information you provide on this form will remain confidential. Newham Council is the Data Controller and personal data that you provide will be used by Newham Council to comply with Data Protection Act 2018. To find out more about how we use, store and protect your data visit the Newham Council website or email​

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