This graph compares the level of PM10 particulate matter in the air on Horn Lane with sites on the Western Avenue and the Hanger Lane Gyratory System since Monday 29th April. It is clear that Horn Lane can be 3, 4 or 5 times more polluted than the busiest of roads in the Borough. This pollution is largely driven by the industrial sites immediately adjacent to Acton Mainline Station.
I raised the Horn Lane pollution issue at cabinet on 23rd April by handing out a similar graph. The minutes of the meeting recorded: “That Cabinet notes the tabled graph showing the PM10 Particulates (hourly means) for Horn Lane”. On 29th April the Conservative opposition on the council “called in” the cabinet decision. This means that the Horn Lane pollution issue will be discussed in detail at a meeting of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th May. This meeting is held in public and will allow residents to hear what the council has to say on this matter.
Since the cabinet meeting the leader of the council, Cllr Julian Bell, has invited representatives of West Acton Residents Association and me to meet with officers from the council’s regulatory side and him this afternoon at 5pm. This meeting will be a useful preamble to the public meeting on Thursday.
Cllr Bell was due to meet with Acton, Chiswick and Ealing MP, Angie Bray, on Friday to discuss this issue but he cancelled that meeting and invited her last Friday lunchtime (12.33pm) to come tonight – not really possible if you are an MP on a three line whip (as Julian Bell, part-time Parliamentary researcher for Virendra Sharma, would have known full well). Having raised this issue in Parliament, initiating an adjournment debate, Angie is very unhappy to be so obviously sidelined by Bell.
The message I will be giving Cllr Bell and the council tonight is that residents want to know what the council is going to do when to clean up Horn Lane. The council has been monitoring this pollution for eight years and it is two and a half years since Angie raised it in Parliament.
The council is stirring. If you want it to move faster and to give this matter the priority it deserves come to the Committee Room 3 at the Town Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday.