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Air Quality

Join us in helping improve air quality in Bankside
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
Tom Harris
Operations Manager
Amandeep Kellay
Sustainable Travel Manager
  • Flat Iron Square / Union Street

Poor air quality is one of the most important public health issues facing London.  Over 9,500 people die prematurely in the capital as a result of air pollution. Air pollution disproportionately affects the vulnerable, the old and the young, but it also contributes to long term health problems such as heart disease. 

Local air quality has direct impacts on the business community, from missed working days to comprised international competitiveness. Local air quality is important to our businesses – 79% of businesses want to see improvements in local air quality. This was the second most important priority in an independent survey of business owners, after ‘Investing in public spaces and urban greenery’ and just above ‘Improving streets for walking and cycling’.

There are currently no air quality monitors in the Bankside area. However, detailed monitoring carried out by Kings College London show that levels of the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM), on major roads and junctions fail the limits set by the EU and WHO. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a number of steps to tackle air pollution including an Emissions Surcharge and an Ultra-Low Emission Zone for Inner London.  These will help reduce levels of Nitrogen Dioxide in Bankside, but they will have a limited impact on Particulate Matter. This is a problem as research has found that there are no safe levels for particulates. Build-up of particulates also causes grime on windows, buildings and clothes.

Working directly with local businesses and other key stakeholders, we have developed a number of programmes to improve local air quality.

Borough High Street Low Emission Neighbourhood

Better Bankside, working with Team London Bridge, has been awarded £200k of funding from the Mayor of London to develop a Borough High Street Low Emission Neighbourhood (BHS LEN). The BHS LEN is centred around the northern section of the high street.

The BHS LEN seeks to improve local air quality through a range of innovative and engaging urban realm and community engagement programmes.

Our green infrastructure programmes will include the following;

Borough High Street (Stoney Street)
Collingwood Street
Tooley Street
Newcomen Street
Living Letters at the Borough High Street Rail Arches
Colourful Crossings
Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Our community engagement programmes will include;

Waste and recycling consolidation programme
Delivery and servicing plans
Preferred suppliers programme
Freight forums 
Clean air network
Anti-idling events

Further details on some of these projects can be found below. For more information on any of the BHS LEN programmes or to take part in our events, please contact Amandeep Kellay.

Waste and Recycling Consolidation Programme

Did you know that each month over 1,000 waste vehicles travel through the Bankside area?  The diesel fumes from these vehicles not only degrade local air quality but detract from the local environment.

Better Bankside has been awarded funding from Transport for London to trial a new and innovative waste collection programme. Using our Electric Vehicles (EVs), and partnering with our current waste contractor, we will collect business waste.

The aim is to reduce the number of diesel waste vehicles traveling throughout the area while improving local air quality and increasing pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The trial is of no cost to businesses and businesses will not experience a change to their waste service collection.

If you want to participate in the trial, please contact Amandeep Kellay.  

Delivery and Servicing to the Workplace 

Better Bankside is working with local businesses to help them manage the number of deliveries to the office. We have worked with a range of local businesses, including multi-tenanted and single-tenanted buildings, hotels, housing associations, and restaurants.  

Interested in knowing how you can minimise unnecessary deliveries to the workplace? You can do so in four easy steps:

  • Data collection: Record incoming and outgoing deliveries for a select period of time. Better Bankside will provide the easy-to-use data collection form.
  • Data review: Better Bankside will review the data and outline how many and the types of deliveries made to your business.
  • Recommendations: Better Bankside will make simple and easy-to-implement recommendations for your business, including quick wins and longer-term goals.
  • Implement recommendations: Better Bankside will work with your business to implement the recommendations.       

Ever wonder how many personal deliveries come into the office? A recent survey undertaken by Better Bankside shows that, on average, 60% of all workplace deliveries are personal deliveries. To help minimise personal deliveries encourage staff to use local ‘Click and Collect’ locations, a convenient, easy and affordable way to manage personal deliveries.  

Get in touch with Amandeep Kellay if you want to find out more about how we can help you create a delivery and servicing plan.

Preferred Supplier Programme  

Better Bankside understands the importance of freight deliveries in the Bankside area. However, the number of freight vehicles has increased significantly in recent years, especially white van deliveries.

Businesses can play a central role in reducing the number of freight vehicles on our local roads through the consolidation of goods and services. Better Bankside is currently developing a preferred suppliers programme. This programme provides businesses with a range of suppliers who pre-consolidate goods at a competitive rate. 

In joining the preferred supplier programme, businesses can expect to:

  • Save money, through choosing services from suppliers who offer the most competitive rate on a wide range of goods
  • Reduce the number of incoming deliveries, saving staff the hassle of sorting through deliveries
  • Minimise the number of freight vehicles traveling through the area  

If you are interested in working with Better Bankside in developing this programme, please contact Amandeep Kellay.