Breathe a breath of fresh air as a new report shows that harmful emissions have decreased in our borough.
Over a quarter of deadly particles have vanished in areas that expanded the Ultra Low Emission Zone last year, which takes old and dangerous vehicles off the road to improve air quality in London.
Pupils, students and local residents can breathe a sigh of relief at the expansion, as the report shows that ULEZ has cut toxic particles by nearly half in Central London. That is over four million people breathing fresh air now and expansion will mean a further five million people, including over 50,000 pupils in Brent who attend our schools.
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: "Tackling the climate emergency is a challenge that demands bold solutions and this report shows in black and white how effective this change is at protecting our residents from harmful air.
"One death in our borough due to toxic air is a tragedy. When you take in to account the 149 premature deaths that we have in Brent due to bad air, you can only come to the conclusion that bold action needs to be taken.
“Half of Brent is already in the Ultra Low Emission Zone, so we welcome the expansion bringing more equality to the borough. It has already led to up to 44% less toxic air in Central London, so we hope it will also improve air quality and public health and reduce pollution across Brent.