London's deadly air pollution is in the news. Research reveals it is killing 9,500 of us every year. Surely Hampstead's air is better? We live on a hill and have no trunk roads. But how much difference does that make? We plan to find out!
To discover Hampstead's air quality, we will place diffusion tubes at 30 locations for a few weeks during November 2015 and measure levels nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Then, we will do the same during the holiday period. This could help us to estimate the difference made by the school run.
We will publish the results and use them to support policies in the Neighbourhood Plan that the Forum is currently drafting – and which will be circulated for public consultation and, later, a referendum.
A big thank-you to all those who gave money to buy the tubes, and to those who have volunteered their time to help in the project. If you're interested, email us at [email protected]
For a summary of the danger from London's air, take a look at:
Clearing the air: How to resolve UK breaches of EU air quality laws, London Forum for Science and Policy, May 2015
Health impacts of cars in London, Mayor of London, September 2015