Are you worried about air pollution in Waterloo? Do you live, work, study or have children at school in the Waterloo area? In response to rising concerns about air quality in the Waterloo area, local residents have formed a new group called Air Quality Waterloo, linked to the long-standing Waterloo Action Centre. We are open to new members to help campaign for better air quality for local people in the Waterloo area. <> Lambeth council has admitted that due to cuts, official air quality readings are no longer taken in the vicinity of the garage and Waterloo transport hub. The nearest readings for air pollution are taken at Vauxhall. Permission has just been granted for a new secondary school in Waterloo. There will soon be a total of six schools, including three nursery schools in the area. Residents of Waterloo find this situation unacceptable. ***Join the AQW Campaign to Reduce Harm to our local Health and Environment**** Residents initially formed the group in response to growing worries about the bus garage in Cornwall road. The bus garage, opposite the Old Vic Theatre, serves a wide range of routes south and north of the Thames, has been in operation since 1989 when it was first given planning permission, contrary to the recommendations of the environmental health inspector at the time. The AQW have recently re-formed following new reports that invisible diesel fumes have specific carcinogenic qualities, related to lung and bladder cancers in particular. New evidence has been published in the UK and US, including in the medical journal The Lancet. See: www.thelancet.com/oncology Lambeth and Southwark councils have been approached by AQW, but so far they have not been able to provide the group with any data on the level of pollution in the Waterloo area. There are several thriving community centres, as well as thousands of pensioners and families, living and working within 1km radius of the Waterloo transport hub. But there are currently no protections in place to measure or control the growing air and environmental pollution. SIGN OUR PETITION HERE and JOIN THE AQW CAMPAIGN. For more information please visit http://www.waterlooactioncentre.co.uk/AQW or email Jemima.Bland@gmail.com
I am a local resident and work in the South Bank, and am concerned about the lack of monitoring of air quality in this area. It is known that lower land levels have poorer air quality than higher ones, so living in a lowland near the river has problems due to the geography of the region - let alone the addition of pollution issues.
The best measure I have of local pollution is that washing I put out in the summer has a dark pollution line wherever sheets are exposed to the sky when drapped over the washing line (i.e its dirt from the air not the wwashing line). Horrible and terribly worrying :(
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