Pollution of the air we breath – seems this issue is finally being taken seriously

www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42566393

The BBC has the article of its web site – see link above

An issue that has not been high enough up the political agenda for a long time not least, I suspect, because often the most polluted areas are where the poorest people live.

Port of Liverpool – The two road only options on the table

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/port-traffic-route-headache-option-12556835

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

This is a matter which I have been blogging about for a long time now and I still feel angry about it.

A classic cart before the horse situation if ever I saw one. The new Liverpool 2 River Berth catering for massive Post Panamax container ships is planned, constructed and completed before any serious thought is given as to how the increased freight is going to get to and from it. You really could not make this up as a planning absurdity but that’s pretty much what has happened.

Liverpool 2's massive new container cranes

Liverpool 2’s massive new container cranes

The A5036 route that links the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth with the motorway network at Switch Island is presently the only/major corridor for freight moving to and from the Port. It’s congested, at busy times the capacity is insufficient to cope with the traffic wanting to use it and there are already big concerns about air pollution from the diesel powered HGV’s that thunder up and down it. What’s more the A5036 is hemmed in by residential areas along significant parts of it.

As I have said before there are two options on the table from Highways England, either increase the capacity of the A5036 or build a new road right down the middle of Rimrose Valley Country Park! As if either option is credible and the plans seem to pit residents who live around the A5036 against residents who live either side of the Rimrose Valley.

And what has Sefton Council been doing? And where’s on earth is Network Rail? Between the two of them the best you can say is hiding behind the sofa!

Why has making new rail connections with the port seemingly been forgotten? Where’s the community leadership from Sefton Council?

This is indeed a dogs breakfast of a mess and the people left to pick up the pieces (and the air pollution) are the residents living in Netherton, Litherland, Crosby and Seaforth.

The present consultation on a road only solution needs to be brought to an end and only reconsidered when every possible rail freight possibility has been put in place.

On On the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Lib Dems call for a new Act

Lib Dems call for new Clean Air Act on 60th Anniversary

The Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to introduce a new Act to tackle poor air quality and ensure vital pollution limits are not watered down post-Brexit.

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which was introduced in the 1950s to tackle deadly smog affecting UK cities.

In a letter to Secretary of State for the Environment Elizabeth Truss – signed by the Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Kate Parminter, Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson and MEP Catherine Bearder – the government is urged to ensure it follows through on EU agreements to tackle air pollution and enshrine essential limits into British law.

The letter concludes that the government must not “betray the legacy of the Clean Air Act by allowing the UK to become the dirty man of Europe once again.”

With thanks to Mark Pack for the lead to this Story

Greenpeace – Air pollution is responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives in the UK every year.

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secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/air-pollution-national?source=em&subsource=20160413apem01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=20160413apem01

Please consider supporting the Greenpeace petition available via the link above

Air pollution is responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives in the UK every year. It’s time for this government to take robust and steadfast action to address this national health emergency. Please create a bold action plan that cleans our air, reduces pollution and saves lives

I have raised concerns like this before on this very blog site in relation to HGV’s accessing the Port of Liverpool. Bootle in particular is a concern for air pollution locally but we are kidding ourselves if we think that it is not a problem for us all. The inside of own vehicles is often an air pollution hot spot as the air circulation systems suck pollutants in. You can help to reduce this problem by recirculating the air in your vehicle but you need to try to anticipate where and when to do this. I do it when I realise I am coming up behind a HGV or diesel taxi for instance.

South Sefton – Rimrose Valley Country Park

This linear piece of green space which runs all the way from Thornton to Seaforth is under threat from a plan by Highways England (previously known as the Highways Agency) who want to build a road right down the middle of it to service the docks.

The busy A5036 thunders over the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Litherland but the oasis of Rimrose Valley Country Park sits the other side of this manic highway to Seaforth Docks.

The busy A5036 thunders over the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Litherland but the oasis of Rimrose Valley Country Park sits the other side of this manic highway to Seaforth Docks.

Click on the photo to enlarge it

A petition has been launched to try to save this unique green space from the bulldozers. Please see the link below:-

www.change.org/p/sefton-council-give-rimrose-valley-country-park-local-green-space-special-protection?tk=0vN7DiOjtzPyEa12iliks3igUafK6ihH3Vw6YHWMAUA&utm_source=supporter_signature_milestone_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_signatures_2500&utm_term=supporter_signature_milestone_email

Of course this relates back to numerous of my previous postings (see link below) associated with the expansion of Seaforth Docks and the lack of planning in that expansion to address how the increased freight traffic will get to and from the docks.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/10/27/access-to-the-port-of-liverpool-looks-like-those-in-power-but-not-the-council-are-finally-talking-to-us/

Sefton Council likes keeping its head down about all this but my guess is that they want Highways England to take the flak, so keeping a low profile may well be in their interests? Trouble is we are talking pollution from increasing numbers of trucks accessing the docks and we all know that diesel fums are bad for all of us.

This should be an issue that Sefton Council is leading not one they are seemingly ducking!

The website of Rimrose Valley Friends is accessible via this link:-

www.rimrosevalleyfriends.org/

The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Used car salesmen – Now its new car manufacturers that are the new dodgy

All our lives we have been suspicious of used car salespersons with a generally not to trusted attitude from Joe and Jane public towards them, rightly or wrongly.

But it seems from the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat dishonesty that we should have had a far more weather eye on those making the cars!

I have had a dozen Skoda’s on the trot although I bought a Seat last time because the deal was better and of course they are all VW’s in reality.

As an environmental campaigner as well as someone who has bought 13 of their cars I am doubly sad that the dishonesty has meant that these car makers have been lying about the environmental impact of their cars.

Where to next for car for me? I will be sad to leave the VW group as the cars I have had have all been great but unless they get their act together soon I will be looking elsewhere next time I go out to buy a car.