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Eight Brent streets to be transformed into pedestrian paradise to tackle air pollution on London Car Free Day

6 September 2019

Polluting traffic will be banished and children encouraged to play freely in eight Brent streets on 22 September. It's in aid of London's biggest Car Free Day, which encourages people to think about reducing their reliance on cars to improve air quality.

The main event will take place on Coronet Parade, in Wembley from 11am. Residents can explore the street free of cars, with free smoothies, games, cycle repairs, face painting, and plenty of fun for all!

A further seven pedestrian-friendly events have been organised by residents across the borough, from Ellesmere Road in Dollis Hill to Brownlow Road in Harlesden. In May, Brent joined 16 other London councils in signing London Play's Play Street Pledge. It waived the road closure fee for anyone wanting to swap cars for space hoppers and organise a play street for Car Free Day.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: "Car Free Day is about showing how much we could tackle poor air quality and improve our public spaces if we reduced the number of polluting cars on our streets. There are plenty of alternatives, from dockless bikes, walking, to the great public transport links we have. I'm thrilled that Brent is joining this London-wide effort to make our city a greener and healthier place for everyone."

This is the latest in a number of initiatives to improve the borough's air quality. Earlier this year, the Council introduced a diesel surcharge on parking permits. It continues to lead an anti-idling campaign, asking drivers not to linger with their engines switched on, as well as programmes like Bike It Plus, which encourages more kids to cycle to school.