Citizens’ Assembly on air quality makes final recommendations

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

  • Independent assembly made up of local people comes up with 53 recommendations to clean up the air, improve people’s health and tackle climate change. 
  • In a new approach to participatory democracy in action, assembly members presented their ideas directly to council at last night’s environment meeting. 
  • The council is now studying the proposal and will report back in September.  
  • Local people can read the report and give feedback at upcoming online meeting. 

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Judi Gasser speaks at the final meeting of the Citizens' Assembly on Air Quality

The Wandsworth Citizens’ Assembly on Air Quality last night presented its final recommendations to the council’s environment committee. 

The group of 50 randomly-chosen local people was set up as part of the council’s commitment to listening to residents and using innovative ways to enable them to take part in decision making. 

The Assembly gave local people a voice in how to clean up Wandsworth’s air, improve people’s health and address climate change. 

Its 53 recommendations include greener public transport, ways to encourage walking and cycling, better use of local data and improving air quality monitoring. 

Read the full report 

Members of the environment committee agreed to develop a full response to every recommendation in time for the next meeting of the committee in September. 

Many recommendations will be included in the Air Quality Action Plan, which is being updated and will also be discussed at the September meeting. 

The Citizens Assembly was set up to help meet the council’s pledge to work with local people to reduce air pollution and address climate change. It met four times between February and April and listened to the views of residents – collected via an online poll - and experts. It was then tasked with recommending actions for the council, other public sector organisations, businesses and the community as a whole. 

Judi Gasser, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “Last night’s meeting was a real example of local participatory democracy in action. We welcome the Assembly’s recommendations and will look at the feasibility of each and every one.  

“The people of Wandsworth deserve clean air, and we have set ambitious targets for reducing emissions and tackling climate change. The Citizens’ Assembly was part of our determination to ensure local people get the opportunity to help shape our response to the challenges we all face together.” 

Read the report, see videos of the Citizens’ Assembly sessions and see the next steps at

An online launch event will be held on July 13 where residents can hear more and explore ideas on how recommendations could be implemented. Book your place. There will also be a public Community Action Workshop on July 20 at Balham Library. Book your place.