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A breath of fresh air

By Natalie Vincent - Mon 25 June 2018, 10:19 am

Havering Council cabinet members have approved plans to carry out work on improving the borough's air quality between 2018 and 2023.

The Air Quality Action plan, which is supported by London mayor Sadiq Khan, will focus on key air pollution hotspots identified in the borough by residents during a 10-week consultation from January to March this year.

Plans to reduce air pollution include more environment-friendly public transport and exploring the use of parks and open spaces as alternative safe routes for walking and cycling. It will also examine ways of providing better transport links and will lobby to improve connections across the borough, while protecting Havering's "greener borough" credentials.

Viddy Persaud, cabinet member for public protection and safety, said: "We want Havering to become an even greener borough than it already is. This action plan to improve the air quality will go a long way to achieving this and will also enhance the lives of all our residents.

"Our priority is to protect and provide ways in which residents can continue to lead healthy and happy lives and part of that is improving the air in which they breathe. We have taken into consideration what residents have told us and aim to carry out what is needed to improve air quality."

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