Mayoral Submission to EAC Inquiry (7)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your submission you state that many of London's pollution monitors are deliberately located in the most polluted sites. Can you confirm who has the final say over their locations and how decisions are made on where to site them?


Answer for Mayoral Submission to EAC Inquiry (7)

Answer for Mayoral Submission to EAC Inquiry (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The location for most monitoring stations were chosen by the relevant local borough, with a small number sited by Defra, the GLA, Transport for London, the Environment Agency or specialist organisations like Heathrow Airport. The rationale for locating a monitoring station will depend on its purpose.

I am keen to improve the way that monitoring stations are sited so that we create a more strategic network which consistently monitors a wider range of pollutants at more locations. I am working with the London boroughs to agree how this could happen as part of developing my proposals for a London-specific Local Air Quality Management approach.