An MP has written an open letter to the Mayor of London “imploring” for the removal of a ULEZ camera outside the entrance of a cancer treatment hospital in Sutton.

The Royal Marsden in Sutton, a cancer treatment facility, is located within a short distance of the ULEZ boundary and currently has a ULEZ camera positioned near its entrance.

Paul Scully, Conservative MP for Sutton, Cheam, and Worcester Park, has expressed concerns following the re-installation of the ULEZ camera after it was previously disabled.

In an open letter to the Mayor of London posted on his Facebook page, Mr Scully wrote that he felt “compelled” to write addressing the concerns felt by constituents regarding the re-installation of this particular ULEZ camera.

Following an earlier letter written to the Mayor of London by Mr Scully on August 2, the camera was disabled but has since been re-installed.

The Mayor's office advised that TFL work with boroughs on ULEZ camera locations “where necessary” and continue to review locations.

Mr Scully described constituents feeling “appalled” over the camera still being in operation, within an area that was near the recently expanded ULEZ boundary in Sutton.

Mr Scully wrote: ““Prior to writing to you and in the time since I received many representations from constituents shocked by the approach taken towards the Royal Marsden's patients, visitors, and staff with this camera.

“My constituents and I in Sutton are appalled that this camera is still operational with the express intention of catching motorists venturing little more than a hundred metres into the ULEZ boundary to visit their loved ones, receive treatment or attend their place of work.”

“I therefore implore you to reconsider your stance on this particular camera.”

Several constituents expressed feelings of “shock”, with one telling Mr Scully that the camera was “a sickening ploy” for people travelling to the Surrey hospital, who would face being charged with a £12.50 fee to drive a non-compliant ULEZ vehicle to the address which is now under the ULEZ scheme.

The Mayor’s Office has confirmed that the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is registered under the NHS Patient Reimbursement scheme.

The scheme allows some patients to claim back ULEZ charges if they are deemed too unwell or vulnerable to travel on public transport and attend their hospital appointment using a non-compliant vehicle.

The scheme is open to people who live inside and out of London.

Ending his letter, Mr Scully expressed his concerns that this particular camera may act as a “prominent lightning rod towards those who are willing to take the law into their own hands” and advised for the removal of the camera as the “best” outcome.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Mayor's Office said that the decision to expand ULEZ was “not an easy one” and that the Mayor was working to support Londoners switch to ULEZ-compliant vehicles.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “The Mayor has been clear that the decision to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone London-wide was not an easy one, but necessary to tackle toxic air pollution and the climate crisis.

“Around 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year due to air pollution, children are growing up with stunted lungs and thousands of people in our city are developing life-changing illnesses, such as cancer, lung disease, dementia and asthma.

“Nine out of ten cars seen driving in outer London on an average day are already ULEZ compliant and their drivers will not have to pay the charge.

“The Mayor is doing all he can to support Londoners with the switch to cleaner vehicles, and expanded the scrappage scheme so that every Londoner with a non-compliant car is eligible to apply for a £2,000 grant.”