Industrial Pollution from a Former Gas Site in Southall and Hayes, West London

Summary of pilot

Southall and Hayes’ pilot has been chosen after Mapping for Change came across recent news promoting the Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH) campaign. Members of the campaign have been fighting against air pollution and foul odours since 2018 in the area of Southall, West London. Mapping for Change approached CASH campaigners in August 2020, with the aim to support the campaign by  collecting an evidence base by actively monitoring odours.

The situation

Berkeley Homes, a development group, started at 25-year regeneration project on a former gas site in Southall. Although the soil remediation on site finished months ago, residents nearby still report foul odours which they believe are emitted from the redeveloped gasworks. Several authorities are in charge of regulating the site (Ealing council, the Environmental Agency, and formerly, Public Health England). However, no consensus has been reached thus far. Besides, a number of other odorous sources are located in the area, notably an Asphalt plant situated in the borough of Hillingdon. Among other elements, a lack of accurate and suitable evidence about the odour issues prevents the mitigations to move forward.

D-Noses role and aims

In this pilot, D-NOSES’ aim is  three-fold: 

D-NOSES’ role will be to support CASH campaigners with the evidence collection, and liaise with all the stakeholders, from a point of neutrality, and in a transparent manner, to help utilise any new evidence collected.

  • To support CASH campaigners and most importantly, to reach wider groups of residents to gather evidence about the odour issue they are facing by promoting the use of the OdourCollect App.
  • To approach all the stakeholders in charge of mitigating the problem: the Berkeley group, Cadent Gas and National Grid, the Asphalt Plant, Ealing and Hillingdon Council, the Environmental Agency and Southall’s residents - with the aim to make a meaningful use of the odour observations collected by residents to take appropriate actions.
  •  To uncover the conditions and particular activities that heighten the odour episodes in the affected community.

D-NOSES’ role will be to support CASH campaigners with the evidence collection, and liaise with all the stakeholders, from a point of neutrality, and in a transparent manner, to help utilise any new evidence collected.

Progress so far

Mapping for Change is currently in the phase of data collection and analysis. We are liaising with different stakeholders (residents, industries, authorities), showcasing preliminary results to identify, together, actions to take forward. We are hoping to engage wider groups of residents to refine the evidence already available.

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Screenshot of the former gas site, from the Guardian's short documentary 'Is my neighbourhood poisoning me? Living in the shadow of a gasworks redevelopment', September 2020.

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