Launders Lane: Leader update 17 May 2023

Published: Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, writes: 

The Council is still committed to finding a solution to Launders Lane and it has been working with partners to try and find the best way forward.

We know residents are concerned about their health and want a solution to be found quickly.

We really understand this and we want to reassure you that we are doing all we can within the powers given to us through legislation.

I am pleased to report that we are lining up a company who will be going on to the land for soil sampling so we can understand what is below ground that keeps burning.

As we have said before, this is privately owned land so are we are in the process of working with the landowner so that we can go on to the site to carry out this work.

This will help us look further at solutions.

We also continue to monitor and sample the air quality and the particulates.

So far the levels found here have not been different from much of London, but as the weather becomes warmer, we have the right equipment in place to monitor if there are any changes and residents can see the latest readings on the Breath London website.

In addition, we have invited Dr Elizabeth Cooper from the University College London to work with us.

She is now attending monthly meetings and we are working closely with the Environment Agency as well.

We will continue to keep residents informed when we have further updates.

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