Ruislip Residents' Association

Pollution

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.


A report, commissioned by Hillingdon Council on behalf of the 2M Group of councils opposed to Heathrow expansion, has been launched to an all-party group of MPs at the House of Commons.  The report suggests the number of people affected by Heathrow noise is currently around one million - four times the officially accepted estimate.  The 2M group report claims that Sir Howard Davies, head of the Government's airports commission, has so far failed to address the 'ANASE update', a study by leading acoustician Dr Ian Flindell.
Published on 11 March 2014

The London borough of Hillingdon has seen the highest increase in the percentage of deaths attributable to air pollution, according to the latest government figures for the period 2010/11 released on 6 November 2013.  Latest government figures show percentage of deaths caused by air pollution increased in 15 of 33 London boroughs.

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.
Published on 15 November 2013



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.

Published on 05 February 2013
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