Pollution

Air quality

We have carried out reviews of air quality in the Borough against the objectives for pollutants prescribed in the Air Quality Regulations 2010

We declared the Borough as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) on 31 December 2003. This is because we are currently unable to achieve national air quality objectives for particulates (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), largely as a result of road traffic.

As we have declared an AQMA we are required under the Environment Act 1995 to produce an Air Quality Action Plan. This describes how we intend to improve air quality within the Borough and work towards complying with the government's air quality objectives. 

Changes to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The majority of Redbridge is covered by the Low Emission Zone.

If you want to drive a lorry, bus, coach or other specialist heavy diesel vehicle in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) without paying a daily charge, it needs to meet certain emissions standards. The LEZ scheme is dealt with by Transport for London (TfL) through the Transport for London website

 

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

You may also be affected by the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Find out more about  ULEZ

 

Have your say on some key measures we are proposing in our borough air quality action plan

The London Borough of Redbridge accepts that poor air quality in the borough is a major cause for concern for our residents. The Council is committed to continuing to reduce levels of pollutants in order to protect public health in the borough.

We produced an Air Quality Action Plan in 2007 and since this time we have successfully implemented a number of initiatives to improve air quality. We have now reviewed the action plan and currently updating the measures to ensure that they continue to be relevant.

Before we draft and finalise a five year air quality action plan we are seeking your views to help shape and inform the action plan so that we can create a plan that is well-supported. We are determined to be at the forefront of improving air quality to protect our residents and make us the greenest borough.

The action plan will propose a number of key actions we can take as an authority to reduce poor air quality.

With your continued support, we’ll make this borough a cleaner, safer and healthier place to live, work and visit.

 

Presentation from the Consultation Evening 22 May 2019

Redbridge Air Quality Action Plan consultation presentation (PDF - 1.68MB)

The presentation outlines the major areas we will be tackling air pollution in our updated Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2024.

 

How can I comment?

You can read more about our proposed measure before taking part in an online survey using the following link. It will only be through the support of the community and everyone playing their part that we can secure real improvements in air quality and protect people’s health for the future.

Air Quality - Give us your views

Open days will be held on the dates below at libraries for residents to discuss the proposed key actions.

  • Wanstead Library Friday 26 April 2019 from 10am to 1pm.
  • Redbridge Central Library Friday 3 May 2019 from 10am to 1pm.

The consultation will run from 1 April 2019 till 23 June 2019

 

airText - air quality alerts 

airTEXT is a free service for the public providing air quality alerts by SMS text message, email and voicemail and 3 day forecasts of air quality, pollen, UV and temperature across Greater London and the South East. 

 

The London Local Air Quality Management framework requires us to regularly review air quality in Redbridge and compare the results against the national air quality objectives.

In 2003, the whole borough of Redbridge became an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) as it was not meeting the objectives. 

There are 2 automatic air quality monitoring stations in Redbridge:

  • Gardner Close, Wanstead
  • Perth Terrace, Ilford

There are also 26 diffusion tube monitoring sites across the borough.

These take hourly readings of a range of air pollutants including nitrogen oxides, particulates and ozone.

Based on these readings we produce an Air Quality Action Plan and annual reports to the Greater London Authority on our progress and monitoring data.

Air quality monitoring reports

Find out more about the air quality in Redbridge, how we monitor it and strategies for managing air pollution in our annual air quality and monitoring reports

 

Permitted processes are installations that have a potential to cause pollution, e.g dry cleaners, vehicle re-sprayers, petrol stations. Environmental Health Officers inspect and regulate these processes/installations, also known as Part B processes.

Redbridge currently does not have any Part A2 processes in the Borough.

To operate a permitted process without a permit is an offence. A permit is issued under Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) or Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC).

Public register of permitted processes

Information on permitted processes/installations (e.g. applications, inspections and notices) is stored on a public register. Access to the register is available during normal office hours and is free however there is a charge for photocopying.

 

Redbridge is a Smoke Control Area, often called a Smokeless Zone.

Only certain fuels can be burned in an open fireplace within a property, usually called 'smokeless fuel'. Burning wood and coal is not permitted.           

If you have a wood burning stove it must be an exempt appliance. The fuels you are allowed to burn are listed on the Exempt Appliances list

Smoke Control Areas do not apply to bonfires. View our bonfires page for more information

Contact the Council's Pollution Team for further advice.

 

Water quality

A private water supply is any water supply which is not provided by a water utility company.  The source of the supply may come from:

  • wells
  • boreholes
  • springs
  • rivers or streams
  • lakes or ponds
  • private distribution systems (mains water privately distributed by a second party)

All private water supplies should be registered with Redbridge Council where a Public Register is maintained. 

Requirement for risk assessment and sampling

The Private Water Supply regulations 2009 require every relevant supply to undergo a risk assessment conducted by the council. 

A risk assessment is a proactive approach to identify potential hazards to human health and failures of national drinking water standards. 

Mains drinking water supply

The mains drinking water is supplied by Thames Water and Essex & Suffolk Water.  If you have any concerns about your drinking water at home, please phone the Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000.

We examine the quality of the mains water in food manufacturers including breweries and other food industries within the Borough.

In addition, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, who are the national body for ensuring the quality of water, provide an annual publication on drinking water quality

The Environment Agency is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of fresh, marine, surface and underground water in England and Wales.

For further information about sources of water pollution, the potential dangers it causes and tips on how to prevent and keep our waters clean, then visit the Water Pollution website

 

Land contamination

Land or soil contamination may be present as a result of historical industrial activities, leaking underground storage tanks, waste disposal activities and from natural processes, for example, ground gas generating material (peat and uranium containing rocks). Contamination may be present in various forms including, biological, chemical or radioactive.

Land is defined as 'contaminated' under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, when there is a significant possibility of significant harm or significant pollution of controlled waters. A risk is present if there is a source of contamination, a receptor and a pathway that links the two. 

The presence of contamination, therefore, does not necessarily present an unacceptable risk. For example, a site may have soil that contains high levels of harmful metals. However, if the land has been built on and there is no garden or exposed soil then there is no risk to health as there is no pathway for contamination to affect people and is not therefore classed as ‘contaminated land’.

Land with contaminants can be dealt with in two ways; either through the planning process during the redevelopment of a site or through the identification of 'contaminated land' under Part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Planning Process

Land contamination, or the possibility of it, should be considered in the preparation of development plan documents and individual planning applications.  The National Planning Policy Framework provides guidance for the preparation of local plans and decisions on planning applications. 

It remains the responsibility of the landowner or developer to identify land affected by contamination and secure a safe development. They should take into account ground conditions and ensure that adequate site investigation and remediation are carried out and reported by competent persons with recognised qualifications and sufficient experience.

Guidance for developing on land affected by contamination provides further details regarding the minimum requirements for reports submitted through the planning process.  

Part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The contaminated land regime under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes provisions for assessing land in its current land use. Part 2A came into force in 2000 which requires local authorities to identify 'contaminated land' and ensure that significant risks are dealt with.  Designation of land as ‘Contaminated Land’ under Part 2a would only be used if no better solution were available.

Public 'Contaminated Land' Register

Each site identified as 'contaminated' under Part 2a legislation will be recorded in a Public 'Contaminated Land' Register.  Currently, there are no sites recorded in the register for Redbridge (last updated August 2016).

Request a site information enquiry

You can request a site information enquiry to check if a property has been formally determined as 'contaminated land' or if it has a previous industrial use.  We search our records for information about past uses of the site and adjoining areas.

We charge £200 for commercial sites and £90 for residential sites. This is to cover the cost of the officer time spent searching for records and preparing a written response.

Please complete our online Land Contamination Service form selecting the relevant contaminated land option from the 'complaint' drop down menu.

Contact the pollution team

Contact the Pollution Team via the our online contact form

Guidance

The Guidance for land affected by contamination (PDF 440KB) has been developed for use by landowners, developers and their Agents to assist in the submission of information in support of planning applications when dealing with land that is either known and/or suspected to be contaminated or where the proposed use is particularly sensitive and/or vulnerable to land contamination.

London Earth

London Earth is a project completed by the British Geological Survey aiming to characterise the soil across Greater London.  Soil sampling was carried out between 2005 and 2010 for 50 elements, including lead, copper and iron. 

View further information on the British Geological Survey website

Underground Storage Tanks

Underground storage tanks (UGST) can be found at sites with former industrial land use including petrol filling stations, car wash and vehicle maintenance garages.  On redevelopment sites, decommissioning and removal of these tanks will be required to satisfy the Council requirements as well as an assessment of ground pollution risks.

Following confirmation of the presence of underground storage tanks at a site, the disused petroleum tanks inspector at the Petroleum Enforcement Authority, in this case the London Fire Brigade, should be contacted as soon as possible to ensure safe methods of working are established for tank decommissioning and removal.

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