Unions call for clean air in Tooting Market as pollution levels soar

Two unions have launched a campaign for clean air in Tooting Market as internal pollution levels exceed those on the main road.

Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council (BWTUC), and the Trade Union Clean Air Network, launched the camping on Wednesday.

Internal pollution levels from cooking in the market currently exceed those on the main road, the unions reported.

Graham Petersen from BWTUC said. “It is vital that we work with all interested parties to understand and tackle the problem. 

“BWTUC has been monitoring pollution levels and reviewing solutions. Measures need to be put in place to reduce the risk to workers and the public.”  

Wandsworth council are the enforcement authority for public health and safety in the markets. 

The local authority has been in contact with the owners of the markets to secure improvements in the air quality.

Wandsworth councillor Jamie Colclough said: “The markets in Tooting are a great retail and entertainment space. 

“They provide jobs and opportunities for small independent businesses and have helped to put Tooting on the map as an important night-time attraction in South London. 

“A good night out should also be a healthy night out, so Wandsworth council has offered to work with the markets, looking to access grant money, to raise clean air standards, making this an even better place to work and play.”

Pictured top: Campaigners take to Tooting Market to call for clean air measures to be brought into the market (Picture: BWTUC)

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