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Council’s vision for clean air in Islington

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 16 June 2017

Islington Council, led by Cllr Claudia Webbe, marks the first 'clean air day' in Archway. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

Islington Council, led by Cllr Claudia Webbe, marks the first 'clean air day' in Archway. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

2017 Steve Bainbridge

Cllr Claudia Webbe likes nothing more than to promote the town hall’s radical green agenda. So she was all over the first National Clean Air Day yesterday.

Islington Council, led by Cllr Claudia Webbe, marks the first 'clean air day'. Picture: Steve Bainbridge Islington Council, led by Cllr Claudia Webbe, marks the first 'clean air day'. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

Islington was the first London borough to adopt anti-engine idling policy in 2014. And in April, it launched the Archway “zero emissions network”, which encourages businesses to take cargo deliveries from bicycles.

However, the town hall is routinely criticised for allowing barbecues in Highbury Fields, which studies have found causes soaring levels of toxic fumes in one of Islington’s most popular green spaces.

But Cllr Webbe, Islington’s transport and environment leader, visited the newly pedestrianised Archway town centre, one of the most polluted zones in Islington, to promote National Clean Air Day yesterday.

She said: “Air pollution can have serious health implications, so it makes sense that we all do our bit to tackle it. We recognise this and are leading the way with new initiatives and policies to improve air quality, and pushing the government and City Hall to adopt the greenest policies possible.

“People might not realise they too can help in the fight to cut air pollution, from switching the car engine off when stationary to cycling or walking instead.”

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