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Cllr Mahfouz trying to play down Horn Lane pollution

On the actonw3.com website Cllr Mahfouz has responded to criticisms that the council is not doing enough to clean up Horn Lane. He uses council officers’ somewhat misleading bar chart to argue that “PM10 levels have dropped quite considerably in recent years”.

Horn Lane PM10s annual average

Once you strip out the distraction of what happened some years ago you are left with an essentially flat picture that says that Horn Lane has been hovering around the annual limit value for the protection of human health laid down in EU directive 1999/30/EC of 40ug/m3 for PM10s. Cllr Mahfouz seems to think that this an OK place to be. It isn’t.

Cllr Mahfouz is unwise to be so complacent about this issue. When his boss Cllr Bell had these figures brought to his attention he had the good sense to at least promise to take action. Last Tuesday when the council invited West Acton Residents Association (WARA) to meet with officers and Cllr Bell, he suggested that he would contact Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, who was his boss in a previous life.

By Thursday, at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting called by the Conservative opposition on the council, this promise had developed into an “Air Quality Summit for Horn Lane”. Cllr Mahfouz was at that meeting and would have heard the committee ask that both local councillors and representatives of residents associations be invited to take part. This is potentially a good result for residents, although they will be sceptical as previous meetings with the Environment Agency at Parliament arranged by local MP Angie Bray did not produce obvious progress.

The opposition has successfully used the mechanisms of the council to raise this issue up the administration’s agenda. Cllr Bell seems to be listening. Cllr Mahfouz not so much.

One reply on “Cllr Mahfouz trying to play down Horn Lane pollution”

As I keep saying: follow the money! No doubt doing something about the pollution might come from the some money pool as the exalted £5million Southall car park project endangering his efforts to make Southall more polluted. The pollution levels in Southall are noticeble for April:

Index Value: 4(out of 10)
Air Pollution Band: Moderate
The Government’s Health Advice for Moderate Air Pollution:
For the general population: “Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.”
For at risk individuals: “Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.”

Has he considered what increasing vehicular traffic in Southall that a multi-storey car park might produce?

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