What is it about your neighbourhood that is good or bad for your health and well-being, or the health and well-being of people you know?
What do you think makes a healthy community? What facilities do you like to see near where you live?
Too many fast food shops and not enough genuine traditional food shops like a butcher, baker, fishmonger, etc. Too much vehicular traffic. Litter and particularly fly tipping is a problem too. Penalties should be prescribed to business and consumers alike.
Pollution from cars is grim, and I [have no choice but to] live on the high street. We're also assaulted by fumes and god-knows-what from the various frying fast-food places around. There's no escape, because it comes right into the flat. Council is indifferent and/or lacks powers to get them to filter better.
Noise pollution from late night deliveries is a constant sleep-disrupter. We battle them constantly, they come back constantly. Sleep deprivation from this has made me feel murderous many times.
Feral kids roaming around, breaking in - the feeling of being under siege and police not interested is stress-inducing.
There are no health/leisure facilities where I live (or none that I would want to/could afford to frequent as an older woman). The one good thing is the allotments dotted around. That's a real, total haven of peace, like-minded people and healthy food. Without that, I'd probably have cracked.
I like to see trees - the more the better. It helps to 'soften' an area and take away the brutality of pavement, stone and brick. I live in Enfield, which is a pretty leafy borough and we have a park nearby with a lake and assorted wildlife. The New River runs through the town.
Part of being a healthy community is having a nice place to live and this is clearly a problem for many at the moment, with the obscene prices of property and also of rents. We badly need more affordable homes and good quality social housing.
Good transport links are also vital for a healthy community in order to get to work easily, to see friends or family and to go shopping or sight seeing in the local area or elsewhere. At. the moment, Enfield is suffering the imposition of a segregated cycle lane along the A105 between Palmers Green and Enfield and that is causing absolute chaos and mayhem. The thinking is that this will get more folk out cycling, which would reduce traffic and make folk more healthy - this is a laudable aim, but this cycle lane is not the way to achieve that in my view and also in the view of many of us in the area. About £42M is being spent on this project - I would say wasted on this project, as I would have thought the council would have higher priorities, like finding affordable homes. What was once a wide road has now been reduced in width, so that cars will be blocked from overtaking buses in the rush hour period, which will add to pollution and will also mean that emergency services will have a problem in the future getting through at these times. Bus lanes have been replaced by these cycle lanes, thus slowing down the buses as well. Several businesses have had to shut, partly through high rates and also because of the prolonged road works which has interfered with their trade, thus not helping with a policy of regeneration, which ironically Enfield Council want to achieve. Even one or two cycle shops have closed!
Never mind, we have local elections next year..
A. Local TRA hall activities that burden residents with noise on Sunday afternoons, loud bongo and drum kit, amplified singing in a hall unsuitable to cater for it, the noise when users leave is still a burden. Feet away from our flats, Camden council do nothing to protect those that have a right to a peaceful and quiet enjoyment of tenancy and are leaseholders that pay for this. The noise is so loud that it still penetrates into our flat when using our audio or TV. B. Noise from other flats, "Noisy Neighbours" above who continually drop items and intentionally bang on our ceiling out of spite along with their anti social visitors. C. Contractors works in the tower block that have to be redone due to poor standards that create as much noise over the months it took to do them. D. Contractors vans slamming doors right underneath our flats when they could park elsewhere away from buildings. E. Contractors and council staff should not be allowed onto estates until AFTER 08.00hrs as policy, some arrive from 07.00hrs slam doors and then threaten us with an harassment order just for asking them not to do this (Camden Housing office staff managers). F. The smell of cannabis and cooking fumes that seep into our flats due to fire blocks not being refitted. Bacton Tower NW5, contractors failed to refit after the alleged "Home Improvements". G. Screaming children and the clanging of metal from the local Nursery yards away from the tower block. H. The local TRA holding a BBQ directly under our flats that allowed smoke to come into our homes and stink the place out, there response was hostile, they could not care....local councillor part of it. I. No facilities fro musicians to practice, we are not allowed to play musical instruments in small flats so there should be facilities made available separately. J. The incompetence of council staff effects health, dealing with officers from the council that make illogical vindictive decisions that fail common sense.
Air pollution on London streets needs to be met by restricting road traffic to vehicles that meet stringent emission standards. Pedestrianising streets such as Oxford St is NOT the solution, as this would simply re-route the polluting vehicles to neighbouring streets which are more residential than Oxford St, thereby compounding the problem for many more Londoners rather than solving it.
Drinking, smoking and using drugs in local park puts me off going there. Also rape, stubbing and robbing frequency is rising. Women are even advised not to go out alone. Not easy to get healthy physical activity. Outdoor exercises are better for your mental wellbeing than the gym.
Installing CCTV cameras would make our parks safer.
So with you on this...I was told by police not to walk through my local park gardens anymore...Wt£? So the perpetrators win!
I would like to see a lot more done about air quality in my local area, especially traffic fumes. Car pollution is appalling in West Dulwich. The fumes, noise, aggression and selfishness make me into a nervous wreck.
In our local park there is an outdoor gym for adults, but it is always overrun with children who could/should be using the plentiful equipment in the playground. Even if you stand nearby hoping to get a turn, they won't budge and their parents seem to think it's a right for them to use the adult equipment for as long as they want, even if an adult is waiting.
Lots of parks and outdoor areas
Lots of groups to join and take part in new activities
Good community feel and support
Good public transport
Too many cars and thus pollution
No facilities for teenagers
Fly tipping is a very big issue in my area. There's trash everywhere. I think the council should educate people much more about the importance to keep a better environment for everyone.
Fly-tipping has become a significant issue locally.
I live in a pleasant area with plenty of open space and trees. There is more traffic than I would like, and certainly more litter. I wish people would appreciate and care for their environment. I pick up recyclables in the street and recycle them in my own green bin. We have a leisure centre and there is exercise equipment in the park. I don't use either as I think I have enough exercise as it is.
We have lots of lovely parks - fantastic for families, physical activities (sports, playgrounds), wildlife, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Win:win all around. In the last 2 years of so I have noticed that many of our parks are managed/maintained less and less by our local Council/contractors and more of them seem to be relying on local volunteers. This works up to a point. Willing and able volunteers do a great job but some tasks may not suitable for them - fallen trees, dredging ponds etc. Random visits by contractors seem to blitz everything in sight as they have no time to do a less brutal job. Please look after our parks and green spaces - they are essential.
Air pollution is a huge concern for me. It is unavoidable, to state the obvious. From traffic, industries and big plants such as incinerators. The move to promote electric vehicles will help - lets have more charging points out there, and more electric buses and goods vehicles. I was absolutely amazed (not in a good way) to hear about a new waste incinerator being built in a highly populated area right now. Why on earth is this allowed to happen? Surely pumping noxious fumes over vast numbers of people can't be right? And why are recyclable materials being allowed to go up in smoke (and then into our lungs?). More recycling please. And even more recycling.
Thanks for sharing your views so far.
Many of you have mentioned poor air quality in London. This is also part of the Environment Strategy consultation, you can have your say here: https://www.london.gov.uk/talk-london/environment/air-quality-water
What other environmental factors stop you from feeling healthy? What aspects of London's environment, or your local area have a positive impact on your health?
Does the weather have an impact for example, or noise levels?
I feel that pollution from car traffic and rat-running traffic is the number one priority - for our health and wellbeing, air quality and noise. Neighbourhoods which reduce the dominance of cars (by putting in infrastructure which eliminates rat running and makes car journeys less desirable, and by installing 20 MPH limits) seem to be the healthiest and friendliest in London.
Pollution and anti social behavior for me...police are clearly over stretched and only deal with 'priority knee jerk stuff and reacting Not preventing. The amount of creeps I've endured over the years on public transport and then theres the local ' flasher'..lone women have to be on their guard. I live in the posh end of Hounslow and feel as though the area is always forgotton. Heathrow is a constant obviously. The vaguely affordable rental flats are situated on or very near the most polluted and anti social areas. Its like anywhere if your rich or sharing a 2 bed flat with 8 other people you can live on a nice street with trees, if your an average earner (heaven forbid you have dependants) & not in council you get to live on the side of the westway or M/A road in a house split into 10 bedsits. All the green spaces are at risk in my area. My local community who have paid for their own legal are always fighting the council but to no end so far. Fly tipping a huge problem and no recycling to anyone who lives in flats....so go figure....
Lack of community in a lot of areas due to transient rental living which perpetuates anti social no one cares attitudes, and unpleasent folks taking over our green spots and open spaces after working hours to deal/drink and other creepy pursuits i won't mention on here...
Where I live in Brent there are too many fried chicken shops, off licences, pubs and betting shops. This creates an atmosphere with too many unhealthy choices for people.
I would like to see an actual small supermarket down the far end of Willesden High Road and more cafes serving healthier options. It would be great to have a butchers and bakers down here also.
Noise and vehicle pollution is a big issue along Willesden High Road and it affects my health badly. There's no gym nearby, I have to get a bus to Kilburn or Willesden Sports Centre. I'd like to see a more local gym.
A healthy community consists of healthy individuals. One thing that improves health is regular exercise.
I used to cycle daily until I was hit by a careless driver once too often, which did rather put me off. I'm no longer willing to cycle in motor traffic, and many pavements are unsuitable for cycling, so I get less exercise now. I usually either drive or take the bus, in either case adding to the air pollution that others commenting here are worried about.
Different people have different priorities. The thing that would improve my health is a network of properly designed cycle tracks. Barnet does almost nothing to facilitate cycling.
Good: parks, access to busses and tube
Bad: truck and car pollution. Constant noise and sirens on Holland Park Ave
Marylebone Station is the only mainline station in London that uses only diesel engines. The noise and pollution from these engines has increased markedly following the introduction of Class 68 locomotives, which blights the lives of the people who live near the station. Chiltern Railways have failed to reduce train idling times or switch to less polluting technology. The electrification of the Chiltern line should be an extreme priority.
Thanks everyone for your views and suggestions.
While the Mayor does not have direct responsibility for health services like GPs and hospitals, he does have powers for things like transports, planning, housing, economic development, culture, policing and the environment.
Bearing in mind these powers, what do you think the Mayor could do to improve health for Londoners?
My area has become super-gentrified.
This means traffic from deliveries in vans to large numbers of building supplies. Due to increased prosperity in SW12 I regularly see 1) high powered 4 wheel drive mammoths delivering small children to proliferating local private schools; 2) Very high performance cars being taken out to play in the evenings - these can be Porsches, BMW M3s, Audis with DSG fast gear changing, Mercedes AMG with 6.3 litre engines many driven with maximum revs (because they've just driven over speed humps and our road is hump-less.)
This immediate area is occupied by people who have frequent nuisance noisy parties. There are frequent barbecues which give off obnoxious odours. This means we have to close the windows of our first floor flat.
Noise and pollution from building works, like extensions to kitchens, attics and basements are extremely stressful to the innocent bystanders.
Lots of new-ish people live behind electronic gates and never interact with near neighbours. including flat tennants in converted houses.
Pollution is a big problem. All the buses and black cabs in London - a lot of Uber cars are hybrids. Cleaner than the black cabs so why is TFL listening to the grievances of the greedy black cab drivers rather than doing something about our clean air.
It’s costing lives and (local) government is doing nothing. Talking about 2040 to change high polluting vehicles - what planet are they on?
Stop listening to oil companies and London black cab drivers. Change your policies NOW. We deserve it.
Thanks for sharing your views. You can help shape the policy by taking part in our air quality survey: https://www.london.gov.uk/talk-london/environment/air-quality-water, which is part of the Mayor's Environment Strategy consultation.
Healthy streets for people to live and bring up their children are desperately needed.There is so little consideration for this both within the Councils and the Government.Our street is overrun with rat running-making it very noisy,polluted and a stressful place to live.It used to be quiet-but we fear that the advent of apps such as WAYZ and Google Maps are pushing traffic up our streets.At the moment traffic is prioritised over people-we think this is wrong and more emphasis is needed to build more quiet ways for children to walk to school,people to walk to the shops,cyclists etc.If walking is quicker and more pleasant than driving-then fewer people will be inclined to get into their cars to make short journeys.My children love living in London but I fear for their health and safety.
Car free network for walkers and cyclists is needed. http://sensiblepolitics.beep.com/carfreenetwork.htm
In my area, I see smoking in public as being a major contributor to poor health and poor air quality (I am surprised that smoking has not featured more prominently in clean air discussions so far). It is practically impossible to walk along the main street of the town where I live without encountering secondhand smoke.
As people are (quite rightly) prohibited from smoking indoors in public places, smokers now smoke in the streets, outside public and private buildings. Smoking is especially concentrated outside public transport hubs, as people take the opportunity to smoke before catching a train or bus.
It would be beneficial to ban smoking in all open public spaces. Such a ban would immediately remove the problem of unwanted secondhand smoke in public areas. Additionally, a total public ban could change behaviour providing the final push towards making smoking completely unacceptable in society, with all the associated health benefits.
If a total ban is unpalatable, then at least proper enforcement of a ban on smoking within 50 metres of a train or bus station, as an example, would be very helpful.