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Monday 7 April 2014 11.37am
boroughpaul wrote:
i was thinking more along the lines of solving crimes and policing the streets

We have cameras for that.
Wednesday 9 April 2014 5.11pm
No-one mentioned the police.

Local authorities sort out minor things like parking, red light contraventions, fly tipping, and yes idling vehicles.

It is part of their remit and has nothing to do with the police.

Meanwhile police do the solving crimes and street policing (and turning out in droves to help TfL catch people skipping a two quid bus or train fare).

As an Air Quality Management Area (the whole of Southwark) a local authority officer can issue a fixed penalty notice for an idling vehicle. City of London, Wandsworth and other (hardly radical commie) boroughs do this rigorously and publicise it via their websites (eg. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/environmental-health/environmental-protection/air-quality/Pages/idling-vehicle-engines.aspx). But Southwark can't be bothered. Something for a councillor to look into.

Air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths in London every year and asthma to develop in children... and the Sahara dust issue was a clever media-friendly excuse by a government that has absolutely no plan to tackle the real problem which is our home grown smog from industry, vehicles and construction. Air quality deaths and is in breach of EU laws (which Paris also is - and has banned cars for entire days to deal with it - this will start happening in London if we are not to pay £millions in fines). Any SE1 resident should be aware of air quality as a worsening health issue.
Thursday 10 April 2014 9.28am
Thanks Colinio, a very interesting post. I particularly look forward to this:

"in breach of EU laws (which Paris also is - and has banned cars for entire days to deal with it - this will start happening in London"

Maybe this grand experiment of banning private cars, if it happens, could lead to a reasonable london transport system.

More people can get on bikes/ buses as a result and find everything doesn't grind to a halt just because Tarquin cant be taken halfway across London in a 4x4 on the school run....
Thursday 10 April 2014 10.08am
Colinio wrote:
No-one mentioned the police.
Local authorities sort out minor things like parking, red light contraventions, fly tipping, and yes idling vehicles.

It is part of their remit and has nothing to do with the police.

Meanwhile police do the solving crimes and street policing (and turning out in droves to help TfL catch people skipping a two quid bus or train fare).

As an Air Quality Management Area (the whole of Southwark) a local authority officer can issue a fixed penalty notice for an idling vehicle. City of London, Wandsworth and other (hardly radical commie) boroughs do this rigorously and publicise it via their websites (eg. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/environmental-health/environmental-protection/air-quality/Pages/idling-vehicle-engines.aspx). But Southwark can't be bothered. Something for a councillor to look into.

Air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths in London every year and asthma to develop in children... and the Sahara dust issue was a clever media-friendly excuse by a government that has absolutely no plan to tackle the real problem which is our home grown smog from industry, vehicles and construction. Air quality deaths and is in breach of EU laws (which Paris also is - and has banned cars for entire days to deal with it - this will start happening in London if we are not to pay £millions in fines). Any SE1 resident should be aware of air quality as a worsening health issue.

Strange Colinio, the terrible problem in our street which had gone on for over 25 years with large plant and coaches seven days a week until a year ago, now they are there only 5 days, and the engines are turned off and therefor no 'idling' very often. In the parade of 10 houses the residents have suffered various cancers. My husband had 'Duke C' bowel cancer, Acute myloid leukemia, I had a tumour removed,the next door neighbour had stomach cancer,another neighbour had breast cancer which has recurred and another neighbour Dad had it, all in all 4 houses. But now I feel re-assured...the council have planted 2 trees..better off had they put up signs that said Turn your engines off, dont clean your coaches here! As I am always moaning about the Coaches it seems mean to deprive the drivers of a cup of tea and a snack so they can have a break from driving.

Years ago I wrote a letter to a newspaper and when printed had several letters from people who had the misfortune to live near bus stands (the buses dont park here now, no room!) one lady said in Sweden large vehicles like buses and coaches have to turn off their engines if they get stuck anywhere even at traffic lights! Wonder if they still do it?
Monday 28 April 2014 2.27pm
[A tweet by David Noakes @cathedralsdavid Apr 27

Shocked to read Southwark has the 2nd highest number of deaths from air pollution in London & that Cathedrals & Chaucer wards worst affected]

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If somebody has an idea how to get those inconsiderate drivers leaving their engines idling to change their behaviour, please let us all know. This cannot go on.

If the government and this council cannot be bothered with our health, we have to think about some civil action.

Any suggestions?
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