The Mayor of London has announced a new £1 million fund that will provide 50 of London’s most polluted schools with a £10,000 starter grant and enable other schools in areas exceeding air pollution limits to apply for funding.
Following the release of air quality audits carried out in 50 schools across 24 London boroughs, the Mayor will provide £500,000 to deliver non-transport interventions at all 50 schools, £300,000 to deliver green infrastructure and £250,000 in funding to launch a new nursery audit programme that will trial filtration systems to reduce indoor air pollution.
Last month, the Mayor visited one of the audited schools in Westminster, St Mary’s Bryanston Square Primary School, where staff have already been working with City Hall, TfL, and Westminster Council to implement some of their audit recommendations.
A range of instalments have been made at St Mary’s, including a new filtration system to reduce pollution inside the school and turning the staff car park into a garden and encouraging all staff and pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Air pollution is a national health crisis that is putting sick children at risk. I’ve moved fast in London to implement the most ambitious plans to tackle air pollution of any major city in the world.
This includes cleaning up our bus and taxi fleets, bringing forward the introduction of the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone and introducing the Toxicity Charge for the older polluting vehicles in central London”.
In exclusive comments to Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today, Khan added: “Simple things like not leaving your engine running leads to improvements. Too many of us suffer from asthma, with me included.
There are short term steps and short-term gains made from things like the t-charge but I’m looking to expand the emissions zone next year and create a new generation of zero emission taxes. We’ve got to make sure that London as the greatest city in the world becomes the greenest city in the world too”.