3. A healthy local environment
Bad air quality is a public health emergency here in Croydon. Nationally, air pollution causes 40,000 deaths and costs us £20bn. In Croydon, there are at least 20 schools and nurseries within 150 metres of a road more polluted than the legal limit.
Urgent action is needed. Our children need to be protected from pollution with clean air zones near schools.
I have campaigned for a Clean Air Act and I want to repurpose our public space to make walking and cycling safer and more accessible, and encourage healthier, cleaner, cheaper public transport. A Labour government will also expand local bus services and provide free bus travel for under 25s.
I will encourage electric vehicle use with more charging points around Croydon, and a vehicle scrappage scheme to make switching to climate friendly cars affordable. The Ultra Low Emission Zone has been working to reduce congestion in central London since earlier this year, and I’ll look at how zones like that can improve the air we breathe here in Croydon.
My plan for Croydon’s streets will not only reduce carbon emissions but cut congestion and encourage outdoor play and exercise.