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Ealing Friends of the Earth welcomes High Court decision to allow ULEZ expansion

Ealing Friends of the Earth has welcomed the High Court decision allowing the Mayor of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to be extended to outer London including Ealing.

In a statement it said: “The Acton end of Ealing Borough is already in the ULEZ which discourages the dirtiest vehicles from entering. They pay a charge if they do, which by law, can only be spent on improving transport. Thanks to the High Court decision, soon the rest of our borough will also benefit from the cleaner air that ULEZ brings.”

Ealing Friends of the Earth in its statement said support is being offered to people to change their vehicleL “No policy is perfect and it’s hard for people who have to change their car. The Mayor is giving £110 million in scrappage grants to help Londoners on low incomes, charities, and small businesses whose vehicles would have to pay the charge.”

The campaigning group for the environment said that across London due to pollution, there are around 4,000 premature death each year or which 150 are in Ealing. The group also highlighted that due to pollution that around 500,000 people across the capital suffer from illnesses including chronic asthma.

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, an Ealing Friends of the Earth added: “With the climate crisis now obvious to everybody, we are dismayed by the political point scoring over vital environmental measures to tackle climate change and protect the health of our children.”

They added: “Government and local authorities need to discourage the sale of the other products and new building designs, that we already know cause high levels of pollution or carbon emissions. With the climate crisis reaching boiling point, it is irresponsible to leave members of the public to get lumbered with what will soon become white elephants or require expensive retrofit.”

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