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01 Our first newsletter

We are a voluntary group of Brentford residents, trying to help improve our air quality locally. If you feel you can help us make some positive change to do with our buses, cars & roads, green infrastructure and schools *do get in touch* with us at airqualitybrentford@hotmail.com

First of all we'd like to thank everyone who came along to our public meeting on 17 January, it was encouraging to see so many locals interested in the issues we face with our air quality. You can read more about it here and here. Following on from the meeting we decided to produce a newsletter to keep people informed on our progress and let you know about anything you can do to help. If you would like to come to our next group meeting at Watermans Arts Centre on Thurs 23 March, 7.30pm, email us
Call to action checklist, please help spread the word:
• Sign the petition to extend the ULEZ to the whole of Greater London
• Have your say on Heathrow expansion, join the new campaign group
• Would you like a Cycle Hoop (secure cycle parking) on your road?
• Could you help us do some voluntary gardening on specific projects? Let us know 
• The Council's air quality results for Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter can be found here. Key in a date or range and click 'create graph' to familiarise yourself with peaks in pollution on the A4 in Brentford
• If anyone would like to take part in a study on indoor noise and air pollution by a student at Imperial College let us know
Green infrastructure
• 64 trees are currently being planted along the A4 read more here
• We are investigating the planting of green barriers at Middlesex Court on Glenhurst Road and Mercury House on Windmill Road
• We have lots of ideas about planting in Brentford and are looking in to ways to fund these initiatives. Do get in touch if you'd like to help volunteer with a gardening project we have in mind
Schools
• Green Dragon Primary School and Gunnersbury School have applied for free tree/hedge packs from The Woodland Trust and will receive them in March for planting. The Green School will be sharing some of these trees when they arrive, read here. If your school would like to apply for free tree saplings do get in touch with us or apply directly here
• We have been talking to the Council and TfL about the hazardous Windmill Road junction and hope to be able to feedback on this meeting shortly
Buses
• The Mayor's response to our question about emission-free buses in Brentford read more
• Information about Brentford's buses and their vehicle type can be found here
Cars and roads
• Sign the petition to increase the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the whole of Greater London here to limit the number of toxic diesel vehicles polluting our roads
• One resident got in touch to say that the Tallow Road traffic lights seemed to be holding up traffic on Brentford High Street. The Council have adjusted the timing to make traffic flow better along the main road
• We've been looking at electric cars at Tesla's new showroom on the Hogarth Roundabout and asked if they can take part in an event at Brentford Market for World Earth Day (23 April). Read about electric car grants here
• Do you think a Cycle Hoop (secure cycle parking) could work on your road? read more
Heathrow
• Fill in the Government's consultation on Heathrow Expansion here or email RunwayConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk to have your say
• A new group has been set up to oppose further expansion at Heathrow, which will mean a new flight path over Brentford. If you are concerned about this
 please sign up to their emails: bashrunway3@gmail follow them on twitter @bashrunway3 and Facebook here
• There is a public meeting at Brentford Free Church on Tues 21 March, 7.30 - 9.30pm Brentford Free Church
Our mailing address is:
airqualitybrentford@hotmail.com

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