I can reassure Ms Jackson (Your say, April 23) that Wandsworth Council is absolutely committed to improving air quality, through identifying areas where levels of local air pollutants are exceeding air quality objectives and working with the community to reduce the pollutants and their effects on health.

In addition to the amenity societies that Ms Jackson mentions, we have also worked closely with the Putney Society to tackle poor air quality in Putney High Street, leading to significant progress by securing rapid introduction of cleaner buses based on detailed monitoring evidence.

The effectiveness of this approach has been widely recognised as “the Putney model”

and we have recently secured awards from the Mayor’s air quality fund to continue this work.

Our existing air quality action plan is now 10 years old, during which time our understanding of air pollution has been transformed.

Wandsworth’s revised plan will contain measures to improve air quality across the borough, helping to reduce the key pollutants of concern – nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10).

The consultation on the revised plan will start in mid-May and last 12 weeks, and we would encourage the community to respond to the consultation so that we can take all views into account in the final version of the plan.

The consultation will be publicised on the council’s website.

Although there is more to do, Wandsworth is among the leading boroughs in London is tackling this important issue.

We are supportive of the Mayor’s plans for an ultra low emission zone, we have the most vibrant car club scene in London, and we are hosting the inaugural UK races of Formula E electric car racing in Battersea Park – helping to promote the use of electric vehicles that have an important role to play in the future of zero emission urban transport.


cabinet member for community services, Wandsworth Council