Building schools by busy roads in 2019 is 'unforgiveable'


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The mother of a nine-year-old whose death has been linked to high pollution levels, has criticised London councils for continuing to build schools in high-traffic areas.

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi's daughter Ella died from asthma in 2013, and new evidence has suggested there were illegal levels of pollution near their home in Lewisham at the time of her death.

Appearing on the drive show with Eamonn Holmes, Ms Adoo-Kissi said it was "unforgiveable" that inner-city schools were still being built on or near major roads despite increasing warnings of the health implications of air pollution.



"We all know pollution stunts lung growth. The evidence is out there," she said. 

"Historically we didn't have as much traffic so we built schools near roads, but in 2019 to build a school right by a busy road is unforgiveable.

"To build a brand new school where children start from the age of four until 11... that's seven years of children breathing it."


'Nobody wants to rush their child to hospital'

Ms Adoo-Kissi is applying for a fresh inquest into her daughter's death in light of the new information regarding pollution levels, with the family living in a notorious pollution "hotspot" in the capital.

"There are lots of children in London - three to four in a class now have asthma. What I'm fighting for is the quality of their lives. Those with asthma knows what it means, you're fighting to breathe," she said.

"Nobody wants to be rushing their child to hospital, out of breath, trying to save them. 

"I hope the original inquest will be quashed and then there will be a fresh inquest and I want people to pay attention so we will all know what happened to her and we can learn from that."