New Trees Provide Breath of Fresh Air

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, took part in a tree planting session at Montagu Recreation Ground in Enfield on Sunday (2ndDecember).

Ms McCartney planted trees which were provided as part of the Mayor of London’s £1.5m Woodland Fund. In total, 40,000 trees are being planted across the city with 3,400 of those being planted in Montagu Rec in one of four events organised by Trees for Cities across London. This will create a new woodland for Enfield residents to enjoy.

The event forms part of the Mayor’s National Park City volunteer mass tree planting where thousands of the trees were planted across London, adding to the 8 million trees currently in the capital. He has also pledged to make London the world’s first National Park City which is expected to be confirmed in 2019.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“Air pollution is one of the biggest challenges we face in London. By planting more trees, we can make a real difference in cleaning our dirty air and improving our wellbeing.

“It was wonderful to see so many residents volunteering their Sunday to help us plant these trees, which will benefit the whole of the community. This new woodland will be a great asset to residents and give us all a breath of fresh air.”

Joanne welcomes Air Quality Audits

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that Pembury House Nursery School in Haringey will receive an air quality audit to monitor indoor and outdoor levels of air pollution, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“We know that poor air quality has a detrimental effect on children’s health and so I welcome the Mayor’s latest initiative to protect our youngest children.

“These audits will help in identifying the ways that we can tackle poor air quality inside and outside of the classroom and ensure that the health of some of the most vulnerable children, and the next generation of Londoners, is protected”.

Councils must “take their final chance” to bid for Air Quality funding

Enfield and Haringey Councils are being urged to “take their final chance” to bid for a share of £6 million of Mayoral funding to boost air quality in the borough. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said that with air pollution leading to the premature deaths of over 9,000 Londoners each year, communities must “use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions”.

This third and final round of funding comes as part of the £20 million Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, which launched in 2013. A proportion of this was allocated in early 2016 to introduce measures to tackle air pollution across 28 London boroughs, such as electrifying vehicle fleets, rolling out low cost electric charging points and reducing the construction industry’s impact on air quality in the capital.

All councils in the capital are encouraged to bid for a portion of the £6 million funding pot to deliver more local car-free initiatives, pedestrianisation schemes and low emission neighbourhoods.

The Air Quality Fund forms part of a number of actions the Mayor is already taking to clean up London’s air, such as the implementation of the T-Charge and the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM said:

“With air pollution contributing to the premature deaths of thousands of Londoners every year, it is fundamental that we use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that children, and the most vulnerable members of our community, are being routinely exposed to toxic air.

“We have seen boroughs across London, including our own, already benefit from previous rounds of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, but there is still a lot more to be done if we are to effectively target pollution hotspots in our community.

“This is why I am urging Enfield and Haringey councils to take their final chance to bid for more of this vital funding, which could make a huge difference to the health of local people.”

5,000 New Trees to be Planted at Montagu Recreation Ground

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that 5,000 trees will be planted at Montagu Recreation Ground in Enfield, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“Our green spaces are precious, enhancing the quality of life for local people and helping to mitigate the pressing issue of air pollution. So, the planting of these new trees will provide a significant boost for our community, and a step forward in making London the world’s first National Park City.

“Today, we have also seen the Mayor launch a £1.5 million woodland fund, so I would urge local charities and organisations to bid for their share of it. Everyone in the community can also get involved with mass tree planting events taking place across the capital on the 1st and 2nd of December”.

Thames Water make commitment to fix A406 problem water main

Local Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, has welcomed a commitment from Thames Water to replace the main water pipes underneath the A406 Pinkham Way.

The pipes which date from Victorian Times, burst nine times in 2016, requiring unplanned works to repair them. Further bursts have also caused disruption this past autumn.

Ms McCartney has previously raised the issue at the London Assembly Environment Committee following complaints from residents who were concerned about traffic disruption to the whole area and the safety of children crossing the road, especially at times of disruption caused by burst water mains.

Following the Committee, Ms McCartney wrote to Thames Water who agreed to reroute the mains from underneath the carriageway, potentially to the side of the road where any problems can be fixed without disrupting the A406. However, due to the complexity of the project and the amount of funding required, this is likely to take place between 2020-25.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am glad to see that after pressuring Thames Water and Transport for London, they have agreed to reroute the water mains.

“Unplanned works and repairs can cause huge disruption and congestion on the already busy A406, affect the whole local area and raise safety concerns.

“I will continue to urge Thames Water to prioritise this scheme so that the works are carried out as soon as possible.”