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UK News Mother who says toxic air killed daughter fears increased pollution

04:25  21 september  2020
04:25  21 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A mother who says her daughter was killed by lethal levels of air pollution has called on the Transport Secretary to ban Her daughter Ella suffered fatal asthma attack thought to be caused by air pollution . She says that low-traffic schemes in some areas increases congestion in others.

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A mother who says her daughter was killed by lethal levels of air pollution has called on the Transport Secretary to ban eco-obsessed councils from closing roads.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter Ella suffered a fatal asthma attack thought to have been triggered by illegal levels of pollution, says ‘green’ schemes designed to reduce pollution should be scrapped.

Mrs Kissi-Debrah lives near one of 114 ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’ (LTNs) in London where road blocks are set up to stop residential streets being used as rat runs. But motoring groups say LTNs and other green schemes cause serious congestion as drivers are bottlenecked on main roads.

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A woman whose daughter died from an asthma attack wants an investigation to find out whether worsening air pollution in London contributed to She is also calling for immediate action to reduce exposure to toxic air for children such as her son, Robert, whose lives she believes, remain at risk.

"If it is proved that pollution killed Ella then the government will be forced to sit up and take notice image captionRosamund Kissi-Debrah says air pollution is cutting children's lives short. media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people's lives by an average of six months.

They are furious at ministers for allowing councils to exploit powers introduced as a result of the pandemic to rush through anti-car policies, funded by the taxpayer to the tune of £250million.

a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Rosamund Kissi-Debrah (pictured) said: ‘This scheme is not improving air quality – it is making it worse. The low-traffic area in Lewisham has quadrupled traffic on the South Circular road' © Provided by Daily Mail Rosamund Kissi-Debrah (pictured) said: ‘This scheme is not improving air quality – it is making it worse. The low-traffic area in Lewisham has quadrupled traffic on the South Circular road'

Mrs Kissi-Debrah lives 80ft from one of the country’s busiest roads – the A205 South Circular in Lewisham, south-east London – and says traffic levels have ‘quadrupled’ since an LTN zone was set up ten weeks ago.

The mother of two said: ‘This scheme is not improving air quality – it is making it worse. The low-traffic area in Lewisham has quadrupled traffic on the South Circular road. The air is now intolerable and the area smells like a petrol station.

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Air pollution has been linked to kidney and bladder cancer, showing toxic particles may cause Dr Michelle Turner, first author of the study, said : ‘This research suggests that air pollution was not A report this week showed toxic air is killing people in almost every part of the UK, with pollution

‘I want to know whether this was really what [Transport Secretary] Grant Shapps intended.

‘Some people rely on their cars to get around and there are people who don’t want to use public transport because of the health risk. You cannot close roads and expect the traffic to evaporate.

‘I am not against low-traffic schemes and I am not anti-cyclist. But I am against poorly-thought out policies that worsen pollution and harm our children’s health.’

Mrs Kissi-Debrah’s nine-year-old daughter died in 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 hospital visits. After reading of Ella’s death, Professor Stephen Holgate of Southampton University found pollution levels at a local monitoring station consistently broke EU limits for three years before.

In December last year, the family won a High Court battle for an inquest later this year to determine whether air pollution caused the child’s death.

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  Inquest examining girl’s asthma attack death ‘not about blame culture’ Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 and lived near one of the UK’s busiest roads.Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 following three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for breathing problems.

Report says air pollution is having a devastating impact on children worldwide, storing up The WHO study found that children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution because pollutants are often Air pollution also increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life.

Pittsburgh researchers say children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to toxic air . Affected children more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of polluted air during their mothers ' pregnancies and the first two years of life.

Mrs Kissi-Debrah’s intervention comes amid growing anger at Covid-related road closures.

a person posing for the camera: Ella, nine, (pictured) suffered a fatal asthma attack thought to have been triggered by illegal levels of pollution © Provided by Daily Mail Ella, nine, (pictured) suffered a fatal asthma attack thought to have been triggered by illegal levels of pollution

LTNs have been blamed for a 153 per cent surge in congestion in outer London, where roads have been closed to reduce pollution and promote walking and cycling. Wandsworth Council in south-west London recently scrapped an LTN scheme after residents complained about pollution.

Bromley Council in south London has started legal action over road closures in neighbouring Croydon, claiming they have worsened traffic.

Other schemes – such as widened cycle lanes, pedestrianised streets and 20mph speed limit areas – have brought gridlock to towns and cities across Britain.

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The number of cars on the road between 8am and 9am is back to pre-pandemic levels, according to the RAC. It is up 55 per cent compared with the week of August 24, before most schools reopened.

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