Thursday 19th September 2019
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11/09/2019 - Council task and finish group to look at air quality

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Luton’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee has established a time-limited Task and Finish Group (London Luton Airport Air Quality Impact Task and Finish Group) to look at air quality.

​Its impact will focus on the wards immediately around London Luton Airport (namely Stopsley, Wigmore, Crawley, Round Green and South wards).

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines air pollution as: “Contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere”.

Good air quality is therefore essential, as poor air quality can affect or harm human health and/or the environment. 

Among other things, the investigation will include the following but not be limited to:
  • consideration of the public health impact of air pollution
  • review of similar or previous studies to identify pollutants of concern
  • consideration of all currently available sources of local air quality data
  • appraisal and benchmarking of the current Luton Council and London Luton Airport air monitoring programmes
  • assessment of compliance with relevant legislation (both UK and European) and current Luton Council Policy
The Chair of the Review Group is Councillor Terry Keens, with six other councillors who are members. The seven-Member Committee will carry out the review and form recommendations and conclusions for the Executive to consider.
Gurch Randhawa Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of Institute of Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire will be presenting a paper at the committee’s next meeting on 12 September 2019, on a study currently taking place in relation to children’s health in London & Luton. This is known as the (CHILL Study – Children’s Health in London and Luton) which will determine whether reducing air pollution from traffic improves lung growth and respiratory health in primary school children.
The Review Group is currently at the evidence gathering stage and members of the public are welcome to attend. It will be taking evidence from individuals, groups and air quality experts.
The agenda and papers are available to view on the council’s website at prior to meeting which takes place in Committee Room 2 of the Town Hall, beginning at 6pm Thursday 12 September.
For more information, please contact Eunice Lewis on 01582 547149 or email ([email protected]).
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