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We must have clean air debate

Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:33:30

I would like to respond to John Impey and John Holland, with regard to my published concerns about bonfires in your magazine.

Bonfires may indeed have been a way of life, but recent published research suggests that the average domestic bonfire can cause more atmospheric pollution than more than  100 petrol and diesel cars and vans.

Mr Holland feels that “the smell of wood smoke always brings back such happy memories”. During 1952, 12,000 people died in the famous London Smog, caused by coal power stations and domestic coal fires.

Thankfully the Clean Air Act went some way towards addressing the problem by phasing out coal as a heating and power generation source.

In Birmingham on 1 January 2020, a new Clean Air Zone comes into effect. Taxi drivers are having to pay up to a staggering £80,000 to replace their vehicles with cleaner technology.

Mr Impey and Mr Holland seem to feel that the taxi drivers would be thrilled to have a neighbour lighting up a bonfire to undo their hard work, as no doubt will drivers paying a daily £8 Clean Air Charge as they do the daily commute into Birmingham.

We need a local referendum on this subject and a clean air debate. It will be interesting to see who has been elected to the district council and what their policies are on clean air. I sense radical change, which is long overdue.

All waste, especially from the garden, needs to be recycled properly. I will also continue to campaign for the extension of electrified road and rail transport.

John A Ridarta, Cofton Hackett


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