News from Unmesh Desai: Barking and Dagenham receives portion of £6 million Air Quality fund
In response to the news that Barking and Dagenham will receive a share of £6 million from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund to establish a new Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in Becontree Heath, local London Assembly Member, Unmesh Desai AM, said:
“This is great news for local residents who have been exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution for far too long.
“With the local council providing additional funding, we are likely to see significant investment made in enhancing the green infrastructure in Becontree Heath’s public spaces making it more user friendly for pedestrians and cyclists in the community.
“Transforming and improving our neighbourhoods in this way, will bolster the efforts being undertaken to tackle toxic air in our capital, which contributes to the premature deaths of almost 10,000 Londoners per year, stunts the development of children’s lungs and leads to a number of other serious health problems.
Notes to editors
- Unmesh Desai AM is the London Assembly Member for City and East.
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