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Clean Air for Brent Meeting: 7-9pm, 11 Oct 97, Willesden Green Library

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“The Air We Breathe: how pollution is affecting us and what we can do about it” at Brent Civic Centre, Thu 6 Jul, 7-9pm

  Brent Council and new coalition group, Clean Air for Brent (supported by QPARA), are inviting everyone to a high-profile public meeting “The Air We Breathe: how  pollution is affecting us and what we can do about it” at Brent Civic Centre, Thursday 6th July, 7-9pm. Speakers to include world-renowned health expert Sir Michael Marmot and Simon […]

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Have your say on govt. plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide – one week left to respond to consultation

After successful legal challenges in the high court, the govt. has produced and published plans to address air pollution from nitrogen dioxide. There is widespread concern that the plans do not go far enough to tackle our toxic air crisis. Consultation on the proposed plans runs until 15th June.  Make sure you have your say and […]

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Records broken on QPARA’s annual bird walk

  Thanks to Robin Sharp for leading and Judith Rose for making a record of the QPARA Annual Bird Walk, held on Saturday 6th May. There was plenty of avian activity in Queen’s Park and Paddington cemetery, even if the temperature kept low. A record 18 walkers saw or heard a record 22 species.  Not spotted on the day, but […]

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Join the annual bird-walk in Queen’s Park on Saturday 6th May

Please join us for a stroll through Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. Meet at the park café at 9.30am. The walk will take about 90 minutes, but people can join or leave at any time. We will go round the Park and then via the Woodland Walk, Chevening Road, Winchester Ave, Willesden Lane to Paddington Old Cemetery, arriving at approximately […]

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Letter to PM calling for action on diesel emissions scandal

As concerns grow about the damaging impact of air pollution on our health, QPARA has been meeting with other residents’ associations and community groups, mostly in south Brent, to look at ways of improving local air quality. This follows air pollution monitoring by QPARA along Salusbury Road last August and October, which showed average levels […]

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Woeful response on Brent’s air quality consultation – have your say now!

As of 20 March only 63 out of 350,000 people in Brent have responded to Brent’s consultation for its revised Air Quality Action Plan – apparently this is considered good!! We don’t think it is half good enough.   Air pollution, mostly from diesel emissions, is killing an estimated 9,400 people in London annually while 800 schools are […]

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CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury Road – project update

The CAPS project has moved forward rapidly since our first posting. Brent has confirmed that they can let us use their big mobile monitoring machine either in July/August or later if we need time to agree a suitable site close to Salusbury Road. This machine measures NOX and particulate pollution from diesel by time of day. We […]

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Annual bird walk report

Fortunately the birds in the park were undeterred by overcast and windy weather that greeted the smaller than usual number of walkers that joined us on 21st May. The birds were active everywhere and altogether the five walkers spotted 17 species. It was good to see a pair of Blue Tits flying to and from a nest […]

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CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury Road – a key QPARA initiative for 2016

CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury – is a new project for QPARA. With help from various environmental groups and the council – and  hopefully with the involvement of local schools whose children’s health is daily put at risk – we hope to start by monitoring the levels of diesel pollution on Salusbury Road. The […]

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