At its March delegate meeting, Leeds TUC passed the following motion calling on Leeds City Council to take measures to tackle air pollution in the city.
“We note the recent authoritative and detailed report on air pollution in London stating that a quarter of schools & other educational institutions are exposed to illegally high levels of air pollution including nitrogen dioxide. We note the determination of the current London Mayor to address this rapidly and the specific plans to do so. We note the concrete plans of other European cities to address the problem of air pollution.
We note that Leeds is among the five British cities with the worst air pollution levels. We regret that Leeds has no effective monitoring of air pollution – in general or with specific reference to schools – with pollution monitors very widely spaced and often out of action. We believe that this puts at risk our citizens and, in particular, our children.
We call on Leeds city council to undertake research on air pollution at Leeds schools and educational institutions at least equivalent to that in London, and to put in place and maintain a network of air pollution monitors across Leeds adequate to monitor this and other air pollution.
We further call on Leeds city council to take rapid action to reduce levels of air pollution in the city.
Such action might include (but not be limited to):
– the provision of much improved and much more plentiful cheap public transport
– the exclusion from congested parts of the city of heavily polluting vehicles
– the exclusion from congested parts of the city of diesel vehicles
– specific measures to reduce air pollution near schools and educational institutions”