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What Zane’s Law can mean for Southall and contaminated land across the borough

Local campaigning group Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH), has met with Green Party deputy leader and London Assembly member Zack Polanski and Kye Gbangbola, father of Zane who died in 2014 following hydrogen cyanide gas (HCN) getting into his family home.  Mr Gbangbola, campaigns for Zane’s Law which seeks to address and raise awareness of contaminated land and what can be done to protect communities.  

Angela Fonso campaign coordinator for CASH shares how the meeting went and what Zane’s Law could mean to Southall and all across Ealing.

Zane Gbangbola. Photo: Gbangbola family
Zane Gbangbola. Photo: Gbangbola family

“Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH) recently met, Zack Polanski, deputy leader of the Green Party and a Green Party London Assembly member and Kye Gbangbola who is campaigning for Zane’s Law.

“His son Zane died in 2014, during catastrophic River Thames flooding at Chertsey in Surrey. Floodwater passing through a nearby historic landfill site conducted hydrogen cyanide gas (HCN) into Zane’s home, where it was later detected at high levels by Surrey Fire and Rescue Services. Kye was left paralysed, with a medical diagnosis of HCN poisoning.

“Zane’s Law seeks to address the crisis of contaminated land, aligning the UK with global best practice for the proper protection of communities from hazardous land, and reinstating legislative provisions removed by governments from the 1990 Environment Protection Act.

“Brighton and Hove City, Adur District and Lewes Councils back Zane’s Law which proposes greater transparency over contaminated land which includes the measure for councils to keep public registers of contaminated sites.

“CASH discussed with Zack and Kye the ongoing impact of air pollution on local residents from the Green Quarter which was formerly Southall Gasworks and how the call for Zane’s Law can be amplified during CASH’s campaigning activities.

“Zack agreed to ask for clarification from Councillor Deirdre Costigan, Deputy Leader of Ealing Council and portfolio holder for the climate, on the closure of three air quality sensors surrounding the Green Quarter in November 2023, one month after Berkeley Group submitted a planning application to increase the number of homes from 3,750 to 8,100.”

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