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Sadiq Khan calls for more powers and resources from Government as he presents Environment Strategy

In his final Environment Strategy, which he presented to the London Assembly this morning ahead of its final publication, he has asked for additional resources and powers to help him bring London’s pollution within legal limits, including accessing clean air funding.

The strategy continues with the target outlined in the Draft Environmental Strategy published last August to make London a National Park City by summer 2019 and at least 50% green by 2050. It also confirms that City Hall considers rivers and wetlands to be essential aspects of green infrastructure.

City Hall outlines that as a National Park City, London will be:

  • greener in the long-term than it is today and where people and nature are better connected
  • a city which protects the core network of parks and green spaces and where buildings and public spaces are not defined only by stone, brick, concrete, glass and steel
  • rich with wildlife where every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors
  • a city where all can enjoy high-quality green spaces, clean air, clean waterways and where more people choose to walk and cycle

Changes to the final version of the Environnent Strategy including bringing forward a commitment to establish zero-emission zones in town centres around the capital from 2025 to 2020, and tougher food waste and solar energy targets.

“This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change,” Khan said. “In order to protect it for future generations, we must take tough action now – we have already done some fantastic work, but there is lots more to do, and we need all Londoners, and the government, to play their part.”

So far more than 200 events have been registered to take place during the new National Park City week taking place this July, which Khan announced in February.

The consultation on the draft strategy was the biggest ever conducted by City Hall with almost 3,000 Londoners and 370 stakeholders responding. Khan also announced a £9m Greener City Fund during the consultation. 

Khan, said: “I’m delighted that so many Londoners have got involved and given their feedback on the future of London’s environment. In order to protect it for future generations, we must take tough action now – we have already done some fantastic work, but there is lots more to do, and we need all Londoners, and the Government, to play their part.

“This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change. We must also protect, improve and add to our outstanding green spaces as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City.

“By continuing to invest in our environment and work with boroughs and communities, we can improve the health and well-being of everyone living in London.”

Green infrastructure, including green space, is also an important part of the mayor’s Draft London Plan, with health of its residents a key concern. This outlines a vision of the capital where green spaces are integrated into the heart of planning decisions and includes the ‘Healthy Streets Approach’ which proposes more walking and cycling routes and more “social spaces” in the public realm.

This post was written by: HortWeek