Air Quality Kills 45 A Year In Wimbledon Area

Report shows the impact of pollution in SW19

Up to 45 people a year are dying in the Wimbledon area as a result of air pollution, according to details of a recently released report.

The study undertaken by the Institute of Occupational Medicine commissioned was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to inform the Mayor's Air Quality Strategy. It estimated that over 4,000 people die prematurely in London each year due to air pollution.

The study has used internationally accepted evidence-based risk factors associated with pollution to assess the contribution that prolonged exposure to poor air quality could make to the number of premature deaths in London.

It concludes that poor air quality (specifically PM2.5) contributed to an equivalent of 4,267 premature deaths in London in 2008. This is consistent with evidence recently presented to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee which suggested that poor air quality in the UK could be contributing to as many as 50,000 premature deaths nationally every year.

For the first time details of the report have been made public showing how the London-wide total was made up on a ward by ward basis. These numbers were based methodology to obtain the 'best estimate' by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). The wards covering the SW19 area are listed below:

Area Name (Wards)
Total Population
Attributable Deaths at coefft (change for 10 µg/m3 PM2.5) 6%
Colliers Wood
Merton Park
Wimbledon Park

Mayor's Draft Air Quality Strategy

Following consultation with the London Assembly and functional bodies, which ran from October-November 2009, the Mayor published a second Draft Air Quality Strategy for public consultation.

The strategy sets out a framework for delivering improvements to London’s air quality and includes measures aimed at reducing emissions from transport, homes, offices and new developments, as well as raising awareness of air quality issues.

Over the last few years, a number of measures have been introduced to help improve air quality in London. Nevertheless, air pollution remains a problem in the capital, as is clear from the fact that European Union targets for air quality standards that were intended to be met in 2004 and 2005 have still not been achieved.

Air quality consultation

The Mayor wants to hear your views on the draft Air Quality Strategy and is running a public consultation until 13 August 2010. The final strategy is expected to be published later in 2010. To have your say on air quality in London see here.

July 1, 2010

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To have your say on air quality in London see here.