Launders Lane Air Quality

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

How are you monitoring the air quality around Launders Lane and what are the results, given the regular fires?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Air quality monitoring is the statutory responsibility of the London Boroughs. The nearest air quality monitoring station to Launders Lane is operated by the London Borough of Havering near the junction of New Road and Upminster Road in Rainham. This site measures NO2, PM10 and PM2.5.

Havering, have commissioned Imperial College to do a retrospective study of the data from this monitor to identify any contributions from the fires.

In addition, Havering will be installing additional Breathe London sensors once suitable locations have been identified. Unlike traditional monitors these sensors can be rapidly deployed to areas of concern and at a high density to help identify contributions from specific sources.

Finally, I understand that Havering are working with experts to identify and put in place any additional monitoring that might be needed for specific combustion products that are not routinely measured but which may have health effects in the area.