Thursday 11 July 2002 8.00am
MM, as the problems of traffic fumes is one that can cause this placid soul to turn into a screaming banshee, your figures on children with bronchitis bring it all home and make me realise that it's worth while complaining both officially and unofficially about drivers leaving vehicles running..I live in Bartholomew Street
, about fifteen years ago it was a quiet residential street, then permission was given for a cafe...7 days a week, from 5.45am in the morning. we have lorries, buses, commercial vehicles of all descriptions,
Someone on the council traffic warden side must tip the cafe off when the street is going to be visited by senior traffic wardens , as I have watched new wardens go down a street that has only one or two parked vehicles and when they disappear around the corner all the vehicles come back! think about it when you get a ticket for parking on a clear unblocked road at 6.10pm ( after the cafe closes!) like my neighbours sister visiting her from Leeds did!
I have no problem with that as they are all entitiled to stop and eat...and they are gone by the evening...but some ***!!! think they can stop, go in the shop for a paper, go in cafe collect teea etc., and then sit in the vehicle consuming same.
I go out and ask none to politely sometimes and tell them to switch off.....why can not Southwark or the government introduce laws that make it illegal to sit IN your vehicle with the engine running as well as when your not in it?
incidentally, my cousin moved from the Old Kent Road
, Avondale square with her husband and two young children to Derbyshire, and where as they were both asthmatic in London, in the six months they have left, their health has improved 100%.
reading all that back I think I have waffled on about that before ...sorry..;-(