Council confirms it’s in the green lane

13 February 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council has thrown its support behind London Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposal to extend the zone to the North and South circular roads.

Cars, vans and motorbikes that don’t meet emission regulations would have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 from October 2021 to drive within the ULEZ if the proposals are approved.

Kensington and Chelsea is one of the first councils to formally support the proposals to expand the ULEZ after the Leadership Team agreed to support the Mayor’s proposals at it most recent meeting.

Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Lead Member for Transport, said: “Kensington and Chelsea residents experience unacceptably high levels of pollution and 55 per cent of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide in the borough comes from road transport.

“So it’s only right that we take the lead in tackling emissions by being one of the first boroughs to officially support the proposal to extend the ULEZ.

“At the moment 90 per cent of our schools are in locations that exceed legal limits and we will support any action that improves air quality and are confident that our residents support this.

“Supporting the ULEZ proposals are just one part of the Council’s commitment through its Air Quality and Climate Change Action Plan.

“For example, to make it easier for residents to make the switch to electric motoring, we are investing in the largest lamp post charging network in central London, with 57 new charge points being installed across the borough.”

As well as tackling air pollution the Council is also taking action to reduce greenhouse gases which cause climate change. Since the Council implemented its own Air Quality and Climate Change Action Plan in 2016 the following have been achieved:
• Increased the number of on street charging points for electric vehicles to 57 lamp column chargers in addition to 15 “traditional” stand-alone Source London charge points
• Encouraged and expanded the number of car clubs in the borough. There are now more than 200 car club vehicles available to residents to use
• Promoted cycling by offering cycle training courses to adults and children
• reduced C02 emissions from Council operations by 35 per cent since 2014
• advised and helped vulnerable residents to reduce energy consumption and bills through the Healthy Homes initiative
• Encouraged residents to take part in community energy projects
• Trained residents as volunteer green champions to support initiatives to reduce energy consumption
• Worked with local businesses to help them reduce their emissions
• Developed community kitchen gardens to encourage residents to grow seasonal fresh fruit and veg and reduce food-miles. There are now over 75 kitchen gardens with more than 1,000 residents gardening
• Developed 18 food-growing gardens in schools
• Built green walls for schools near busy roads, (St Cuthbert and St Matthias)
• Used greening measures to reduce pedestrians’ exposure to poor air quality on the Cromwell Road
• Required developers to contribute to local air quality improvements
• Published its Air Quality and Climate Change Action Plan which runs from 2016 until 2021 in which the Council pushed for the borough to be included in the ULEZ