Waddon School Plan raises air pollution concerns

Concerns about the adverse effect of air pollution on the pupils of the proposed school on the former primary school site next to Waddon Leisure Centre were raised by Waddon community activists at the Croydon Communities Consortium meeting on Monday 19 October held in  St George’s Church.

  • There has been a lack of consultation with local people by the Council on the plan.
  • The scheme is contrary to the advice of the House of Commons Committee that new schools should not be built along main roads (see my posting at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydons-cuts-begin-kick).
  • It needs to take into account the air pollution consequences of what TfL decides from the consultation of its Fiveways plan.
  • Air pollution across Waddon is going to be worse once the Beddington Lane Incinerator starts operating.

The general issue of air pollution was raised in questions by Austen Cooper (Chair of Croydon Cycle Campaign) and Waddon Councillor Joy Prince at the Council meeting held the same evening.

Monitoring Air Pollution in the Town Centre

Austen Cooper asked: ‘Why was the air pollution monitoring station in George Street removed and when will it be replaced?’

Cabinet member Katthy Bee’s reply: ‘The existing Air Quality Monitoring Station in George Street was removed from its previous location on the corner of Wellesley Road as part of the East Croydon Interchange Public Realm project. One of the aims of the project was to improve pedestrian connectivity to and from the public transport interchange comprising of East Croydon train station, East Croydon tram stop and East Croydon bus station to the central metropolitan area. It was considered by the design team that the Air Quality Monitoring Station in its previous location hindered pedestrian connectivity and caused a potential blind spot for tram drivers travelling from the Wellesley Road tram stop towards the East Croydon tram stop. A new location for the Air Quality Monitoring Station was identified within the central pedestrian island of George St/Park Lane recessed within one of the new planters which would not impede pedestrian flow. We have also taken advantage of this work to house the equipment in a new cabinet which will be more aesthetically pleasing and will last longer than the existing one. The new Air Quality Monitoring station is due to be installed into its new location by Friday 16th October 2015.’

Air Pollution Monitoring

Joy Prince also asked about the own Centre monitor but also about the ‘number and exact locations of the fixed stations and the number of mobile stations & their current’, and sought clarification on ‘who is responsible for air quality’ ‘given that public health is now a local authority responsibility’.

Cabinet member Kathy Bee replied giving a shorter version of her explanation to Cooper and adding:

‘I can confirm that the Council’s pollution team, within the Safety directorate of the Place department will remain responsible for air quality. The pollution team carry out a number of functions, both enforcement and proactive works. Some of the things they are responsible for are below;

  1. Air Pollution monitoring and managing projects for the Council’s air quality action plan.
  2. Inspection of Part B processes – these are processes that have the potential to pollute to air, for example concrete batching plant, petrol stations and dry cleaners.
  3. Contaminated land management
  4. Reviewing and commenting on Planning applications with respect to environmental issues, for example air quality, noise, contaminated land.
  5. Noise enforcement

Cllr Bee appended the details of the location of all fixed and mobile stations.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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