The Government's draft air quality plans failed to include proposals for reforming Vehicle Excise Duty, so that rates reflect local pollutants such as NOx, NO2 and PMs, as well as CO2. What implications will this have for your plans to clean up London's air?
You described the Government's draft air quality plan as "woefully inadequate" and stated that "City Hall analysis shows that the proposals will mean air quality will be at illegal levels until at least 2026". Do you agree that the current proposals will fall short of the High Court requirement that nitrogen dioxide (N02) limit values are met, and exposure to air pollution reduced within the shortest time possible?
A University of Surrey study has recommended that an upgrade to trains with non-openable windows would be advised to substantially reduce passenger's exposure to pollutants. Do you agree with this recommendation and what action are you taking to ensure all London Underground trains have non-openable windows?
A constituent has informed me that Bexley Council has recently published details of plans to build extensively on Old Farm Park. In light of your earlier opposition to the development of this site, and the need to protect open green space so that all Londoners can benefit from the physical and mental well-being it provides, will you look at what interventions you have available to you to prevent this from going ahead?
In answer to my question 2016/3673 you said that you will write to the Government regarding the proposed business rate increase for businesses that own solar panels, which you described as "likely to have a significant detrimental impact upon the financial business case for installing solar PV". What is a) your response to the Chancellor's silence on these proposed business rates in the recent Budget, and b) the potential effect on your forthcoming solar action plan?
In answer to my question 2016/3040 you said that increasing solar photovoltaics (PV) on schools is a key target for your RE:FIT programme. Have you made an assessment of the proposed business rate increase of up to 400 per cent on schools with solar PV, and its implications on future deployments?
According to King's College London, during the highest air pollution alert issued by you in January 2017, alongside traffic pollution wood burning stoves were a contributing factor. As they are currently exempt from pollution controls, will you advise people not to use wood burning stoves in future air pollution alerts?