Air pollution monitoring

We all know air pollution in London is bad but how bad is it exactly where we live? 

To find out what the situation is exactly in our part of North West London, Transition Kensal to Kilburn and Transition Willesden have started an air pollution monitoring project on September 24th. 

We've been inspired by a similar project conducted in Camden. Dee Searle, from the Camden Green Party and Transition Kentish Town, came to TTKK open meeting last April.

Dee told us how a group of volunteers installed some diffusion tubes to monitor air quality in different parts of Camden, with the help of Clean Air UK. 

If you want to receive regular updates about this project and/or want to share articles and other bits of information about air pollution please join this group. 

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Here are the results of our pollution monitoring TTK2K map.  As you can see all but two of our sites are over the EU legal limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Kilburn High Road is nearly twice the limit

And here are the results for Transition Willesden TW map 1 and TW map 2  Seven of our 10 sites were above the EU legal limit for NO2, with Cricklewood Broadway being over twice the limit.

In all 75% of the 20 sites tested exceeded legal limits for the pollutant.

We met in mid January along with other community groups to decide on actions to follow up this and combat pollution in our area. Watch this space for how to get involved.

Discussion Forum

Brent Air Quality Action Plan - have your say!

Brent residents have until Thursday 9th March to comment on Brent Air Quality Action Plan for the next 5 years.This new plan sets out 20 key actions to address local air pollution in Brent.It…Continue

Started by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes Feb 14, 2017.

Community Groups Join Forces to Combat Air Pollution in Brent

Hi allHere's a press release about our project so far:Four Brent community groups have been monitoring air pollution in the southern part of the Borough as part of a citizen science project across…Continue

Started by Viv Stein Jan 30, 2017.

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Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on March 4, 2022 at 11:18

Hi everyone,

Wood burning is a major source of air pollution in the UK but, unfortunately, there is very little awareness of how bad the impact of wood burning is on our health.

Mums for Lungs are organising an online event on this subject next week with Dr. Gary Fuller of Imperial college. 

You can sign up for this free event by clicking the link below :



Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on July 1, 2020 at 7:57

Brent : Build Back Better petition

Brent has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19. According to official statistics published two weeks ago, our borough has registered the highest number of deaths in the UK per 100 000 inhabitants.

Poverty has been linked with a high level of Covid mortality - nothing surprising, unfortunately. High level of air pollution may explain the highest mortality rate in Brent.

Brent council has been able to bid for some emergency funding to encourage residents to cycle and walk instead of using public transport and/or private cars.

To cut a long story short, so far, Brent Council has been slow off the mark and change is still to come...

We cannot wait and hope for the best. We need to build a more sustainable and more resilient Brent.

About 2 weeks ago, a petition asking the council to Build Back Better was launched by Brent Cycling Campaign, Brent Friends of the Earth, Divest Brent, Willesden Green Residents' Association and Extinction Rebellion Brent.

More than 400 people have signed it already.

It's a very good start but we need to pump up the volume. Please sign the petition here. It's meant to be the starting point of something bigger.

You can sign the petition here:

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on June 3, 2019 at 19:57

Keep in touch with Clean Air for Brent, which is more active than this group (and includes TTKK as a member organisation) by emailing them to join the mailing list and checking out the website

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on October 13, 2018 at 14:02

Clean Air for Brent meeting looking at the future of the car coming up on 22nd November details here

Comment by Amandine Alexandre-Hughes on April 11, 2018 at 15:08

Let's have London first car free day. 

Sign the petition here

This is why I want London Mayor Sadiq Khan to agree to hold a Car Free Day on Saturday 22nd September 2018. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties across London. It will be a day when families and communities gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. It will be a day for Londoners to come together to demonstrate a shared vision of a healthier, cleaner, greener future.

Other cities around the world, from Jakarta to Bogota to Paris, have a Car Free Day. They’ve done it successfully, and so can we. The day will be a catalyst for a better urban future for all Londoners and will demonstrate our global leadership in the transition to greener, cleaner, and healthier cities.

Comment by Matthew Sharp on March 28, 2018 at 16:18
Comment by Janey McAllester on March 28, 2018 at 12:43

Comment by Sophia Flucker on January 17, 2018 at 22:38
Comment by Matthew Sharp on November 16, 2017 at 14:35

We now have filtered air conditioning in our house and the fliters are black after only a few weeks. Just in case I have a neighbour with a badly adjusted boiler, does anyone else have filters that I could compare mine to?

Comment by Janey McAllester on June 5, 2017 at 10:38

Here's where to get tickets for 'The Air we Breathe' Clean Air for Brent's public meeting -

Our second speaker Simon Birkett, founder and director of Clean Air in London is confirmed.  Come and find out what you can do about this public health disaster.


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