Ruislip Residents' Association

Hillingdon sees highest increase in air pollution deaths

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 in Pollution on 15 November 2013.
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