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Know Your Rights campaign

Question No: 154 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

At the time of writing, the link from front page of the GLA website on the Mayor helping elderly people to fight the freeze and Know Your Rights, only linked to a press release (13 January). The press release stated more information would be available on the website. What steps has the Mayor taken, from the start of cold weather in December to promote available benefits to London’s most vulnerable people?

Answer from the Mayor:

I have entered into a partnership with CAB and Age Concern London to provide face-to-face benefits advice to older and disabled people and families across London. This will be supported by a targeted poster, newspaper and leaflet campaign across London advising people that they may be entitled to money and to contact CAB and ACL for further advice.


I have also produced a DVD aimed at older people offering practical advice and information on how to stay warm this winter and where to go for help and advice. This is available on the GLA website and well be widely distributed across London.


Land Taskforce

Question No: 155 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

When do you expect your Land Taskforce to report on opportunities for developing public land?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Land Taskforce will be submitting its initial report to the next HCA London Board which meets on 23 March 2010.

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Audit of GLA family land

Question No: 156 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Further to MQ3283/2009, when will you know the outcome of the audit of the GLA family’s surplus or underused sites and when will you be able to outline the opportunities they present for housing?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Land Taskforce’s initial report to the next HCA London Board will include an overview of GLA family owned land that is or expected to become surplus to operational requirements or is currently under-used. The housing potential of each of these sites will be appraised, in partnership with HCA London and the London Development Agency, as the availability of each site for residential development is confirmed.


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Public sector land owners

Question No: 157 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What progress have you made with working with the NHS, national and local government to free up surplus public sector land in London for housing?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is responsible for maintaining a register of all surplus public sector land in London. A summary of these sites is available at http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/Surplus_public_sector_land and this summary is updated quarterly. As part of my Land Taskforce I am working with HCA London and London Councils to identify surplus and potentially surplus land not yet registered. An update on the progress of this work will be included in my Land Taskforce report to the next meeting of the HCA London Board on 23 March 2010.


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LDA London Housing Company

Question No: 158 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Further to MQ3285/2009, what progress has the LDA made with its Housing Company and when might it first invest a site?

Answer from the Mayor:

The LDA has identified a number of sites within its land portfolio, which could be developed through a housing company. Proposals for establishing such a company will presented initially to the LDA Board and then me over the course of this year.


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Outer London Commission final report

Question No: 159 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Your answer to MQ 2966/2009 stated that the Outer London Commission’s “final report will be published this autumn”. When can we expect the final report?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Outer London Commission hopes to publish its report in February.


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Cleaner buses in central London

Question No: 160 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Your draft Air Quality Strategy (Policy 3) proposes running the cleanest buses on routes operating in Central London where air quality is worst. When will you be implementing this proposal?

Answer from the Mayor:

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.


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Bus network NOx emissions

Question No: 161 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Emissions of NOx from London’s bus fleet increased from 2007/08 to 2008/09 according to TfL’s Environment Report 2009. When is the programme to retrofit filters to buses to ensure that they meet Euro IV standard starting and how many buses will be fitted with filters in 2009/10 and 2010/11?

Answer from the Mayor:

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.


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Bus retrofit

Question No: 162 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Are you satisfied that TfL has determined the appropriate manner to abate NOX emissions from buses?

Answer from the Mayor:

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.


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Taxi age limits

Question No: 163 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Your Air Quality Strategy proposes a 10 year age limit for taxis by 2015. Would you support introducing the age limit in 2012 to reduce taxi emissions, particularly in central London, in time for the Olympics?

Answer from the Mayor:

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.


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Public consultation draft Air Quality Strategy

Question No: 164 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What is the process and timetable for the public draft of the Air Quality Strategy and the UK’s resubmission on PM10 that has been agreed between the GLA and Defra?

Answer from the Mayor:

I expect to publish a draft of my Air Quality Strategy for consultation with the public in the spring. Consultation will last for twelve weeks. The Strategy will contribute to the further information that the Government intends submitting to the European Commission regarding its application for a time extension to 2011 for the PM10 limit values. We are working closely with the Government on that submission but the date it will be sent to the Commission is a matter for the Government.


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Implementation of Air Quality measures

Question No: 165 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What is the process and timetable for the GLA and TfL in particular to pursue detailed implementation plans to ensure that the Mayor’s air quality policies are put in place as soon as possible?

Answer from the Mayor:

I expect to publish a draft of my Air Quality Strategy for consultation with the public in the spring. This will include information on implementation of measures as well as timescales. Given the urgent need to improve air quality in London, it is worth noting that a number of measures are already underway, such as converting the bus fleet to hybrid and encouraging a shift to cleaner transport modes. Other measures, particularly the packages of measures to improve air quality at pollution hotspots will be implemented as soon as possible, even before the Strategy is finally published.


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Breach of EU limit value for hourly NO2

Question No: 166 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Are you aware that the number of exceedances (i.e. 18) allowed for a whole year by the European Union (EU) limit value for hourly exceedances of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has already been breached in inner London?

Answer from the Mayor:

I realise that NO2 pollution remains a significant problem in London, as in dozens of cities across the UK and on the continent. Concentrations monitored in particular busy roadside and kerbside locations in inner London continue to exceed the NO2 hourly objectives and in some locations the limit value is exceeded by a factor of two or more. This is why my Air Quality Strategy includes a number of wide ranging policies that will address NO2 emissions in London. Given the nationwide scale of the problem, I have been extremely clear with government that this issue in particular will require substantial new policies and funding from government, over and above what we are proposing for London.


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NO2 hourly limit value

Question No: 167 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What are doing specifically to ensure the EU hourly limit value for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is not exceeded further in 2010?

Answer from the Mayor:

I am committed to improving London’s air quality, which is why I am developing a comprehensive Strategy to tackle to tackle the problem. This includes initiatives that are already underway such as converting the bus fleet to hybrid, investing record levels in a cycling and laying the foundations for a massive uptake of electric vehicles. My Strategy also proposes new initiatives such as age limits for taxis, a NOx standard for the Low Emission Zone and the roll-out of a pan London homes energy efficiency programme. 


However, NOx is a UK issue with many areas across the country in breach. Action must also be taken by Government to improve NOx. My Strategy sets out the actions Government must take to help tackle NOx in London. These include establishing a national certification and testing scheme for NOx abatement to enable a NOx standard to be introduced in the Low Emission Zone; consumer labelling schemes for vehicles to allow informed purchasing choices based on pollutant emission levels; and leading and commissioning research to inform our knowledge about air quality in urban areas.


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NO2 annual limit value

Question No: 168 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What are you doing specifically to ensure the EU annual mean limit value for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is not exceeded in 2010?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my response to MQ 167/2010.


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NO2 levels

Question No: 169 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What are you doing specifically to ensure annual mean concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in London do not exceed 60 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) i.e. the level which would need to be met (in lieu of 40 ug/m3) if the UK obtains a time extension on NO2?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my response to MQ 167/2010.


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UK time extension application to the EU on PM10

Question No: 170 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

As far as you are aware, what is the timetable and process for the UK’s application for a time extension to delay compliance with EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and has it been agreed between the GLA and Defra?

Answer from the Mayor:

My officials meet regularly with Defra officials to discuss the expected time extension application for NO2. In that we are working with Government on the development of an action plan to meet NO2 limit values and we expect the Government to consult on this later in 2010. However we are not aware of a concrete timetable, although this is something we are keen to have as soon as possible.


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NO2 reduction measures

Question No: 171 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Are the GLA, and TfL in particular, pursuing detailed implementation plans to ensure that the Mayor’s air quality policies for nitrogen dioxide are put in place as soon as possible?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Air Quality Strategy aims to reduce emissions of NO2 across London. Transport for London is putting together a package of measures for PM10 hotspots that will start to be implemented even before the Air Quality Strategy is finally published. The packages, which could include traffic management measures, improved enforcement of traffic offences and changed road layouts, will be targeted at reducing emissions of PM10 but will also help reduce emissions of NO2. In addition, a whole range of measures are already underway that tackle NO2. However, several of my key proposals on NO2. – such as a “LEZ Phase 5”, extending LEZ to NO2., turn entirely on action by government (in the case of LEZ 5, abatement equipment certification). This is why we are actively lobbying government at all levels.


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10:10

Question No: 172 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

What reduction targets have you agreed with the 10:10 campaign for the GLA? To what extent can the functional bodies sign up to the 10:10 campaign for immediate CO2 reductions?

Answer from the Mayor:

I have signed up the City Hall building to aim for a ten per cent reduction in 2010 and my Environment Advisor and officials are currently working with the functional bodies to ascertain how best they can redouble efforts to cut carbon and sign up parts of the GLA group to the campaign.


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LU recycling

Question No: 173 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

The TfL Environment Report 2009 suggests that LU recycled less Commercial & Industrial waste in 2008/09 than they did in 2007/08 even though the same amount of waste was produced. What steps are you taking to increase recycling?

Answer from the Mayor:

The paper recycling market performed badly in 2008/9, and not all of the poorer quality material collected could be sold. Therefore, the percentage of Commercial and Industrial waste recycled in 2008/9 was slightly lower compared to the previous year.


London Underground (LU) has acted quickly to turn this around and over the first six months of 2009-10, LU has recycled approximately 50 per cent of this waste stream, which exceeds the year’s target of 45 per cent, and is up on 2008/09 and 2007/08.


This increase has been brought about by continued focus on dedicated paper recycling activities and working with London Boroughs to ensure that LU collects high quality material for which there is a recycling market.


LU continues to work hard with its contractors to improve its recycling of commercial and industrial waste.


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Victoria Coach Station recycling

Question No: 174 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

For the last two years the TfL Environment Report 2009 shows that Victoria Coach Station recycled only 0.05 tonnes a year of over 300 tonnes of Commercial & Industrial waste produced. Why is so little recycled and what improvements will be made?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Commercial and Industrial waste from Victoria Coach Station largely comprises packaging waste which tends to be non-recyclable due to high levels of food contamination. However, a recycling system for cardboard will be introduced by March 2010 and a food composting system is also being planned.

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