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Resilience to extreme weather

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

London has been spared the worst of recent flooding but is likely to bear the brunt of any heatwaves this summer. What steps have you taken in the last year to ensure the GLA is prepared and are you also working with NHS colleagues on their preparations?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In the last year, I have kept Londoners informed during extreme heat events by sharing messaging at public locations such as bus stops. I am working with Public Health England and other partners to identify and develop a network of cool spots for Londoners to take refuge during heatwaves. I have confirmed London as the world’s first ‘National Park City’, and the green infrastructure I have funded will contribute to keeping the city cool.

I have installed 28 water fountains with the Zoological Society of London, and I have partnered with Thames Water to install over 100 more across busy and accessible areas of London, of which 41 have been installed to date. I have also supported the Refill London scheme which now has over 3,500 refill points across the city.  I have piloted an assessment of overheating risk in care homes and have also commissioned guidance for schools on adapting to London’s changing climate including heatwaves and also on minimising the heating impact of new development on the surrounding environment.