Pollution includes not only air quality issues – dust, smoke, bad smells for example – but noise nuisance from neighbours and commercial premises, and concerns about contaminated land.
The percentage in Hillingdon rose from 6.5% in 2010 to 6.86% in 2011 – the biggest increase in England, where the overall percentage fell in 2011 to 5.36% compared to 5.6% the previous year. Exposure to particulate matter PM2.5 can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, heart disease and asthma.
The environment in the south of the Borough, particularly affected by the proximity of Heathrow Airport and major motorways, does not meet EU standards for air quality. The mayor of London has launched an Air Quality Fund to provide matched funding for local authorities which devise schemes to improve air quality.
Can you smell the compost site at New Years Green Lane ?
If so, don't just complain to your neighbours, report it to the Environment Agency by phoning 0800 80 70 60. All calls are logged and it is the volume of complaints, verified by visits, that will drive any further action.