Putney High Street exceed the annual, European Union-set, pollution limit, within only three days of the New Year.
Despite many pledges to the contrary, on both national and local levels, the Conservative government has failed to deliver on Cameron’s promise of the “greenest government ever”. Amongst other things, the Tories have:
- Refused to back a 2030 decarbonisation target
Failed to prioritise flood prevention and response, even in light of the severe flooding in 2013-2014
Not improved our record (one of the worst in the EU) on exceeding air pollution targets.
The Labour Party, which brought in the Climate Change Act which aims to get rid of dirty, polluting power sources, is still committed to environmental improvements - and none more so than in Putney, with the campaign led by our parliamentary candidate Sheila Boswell.
Sheila has been campaigning on the issue of pollution in Putney High Street. Her practical 3-point plan to improve air quality in Putney High Street is:
- Move the bus depot, current on Chelverton Road, to the top of Putney Hill - something which bus drivers, consulted by Sheila, were positive about. The site, already a termination point for the 14 bus, could easily take the increased number of buses. This would help reduced pollution on the High Street.
Reduce the taxi ranks. There are two taxi ranks on the High Street, which are a further source of pollution - at least one of which could comfortably be moved to an adjacent road.
Stop Putney High Street being used as a through-route by drivers – non-locals are large contributors to the high levels of pollution.
Lowering the level of heavy traffic on the High Street so that the buses and cars can keep moving lowers the pollution. Lowering the number of stationary diesel vehicles also lowers pollution and will make a positive impact on the lives of all those who use the High Street.
Sheila also strongly opposes expansion at Heathrow, due to the increased air traffic and noise it would bring directly overhead for many of us. Sheila has vowed that as an MP, if the government were to agree to the Heathrow proposal, she would resign her seat in protest, prompting a by-election. This is a position that Justine Greening has conspicuously failed to match, unlike other local Tory MPs.
Putney High Street exceed the annual, European Union-set, pollution limit, within only three days of the New Year. Despite many pledges to the contrary, on both national and local levels,...
Join us next week for Sheila Boswell's Election Rally & Candidature Adoption, with a special guest - Lord Ponsonby
(Wednesday18th, 8pm @ The Jolly Gardeners 61-63 Lacy Road, London SW15 1NT)
Entry is free and we will provide refreshments
We're less than 10 weeks away from securing a Labour Government and causing a huge upset here in Putney.
If you can help us out - either by delivering leaflets, speaking to voters, or helping out in our buzzing campaign office, just get in touch and one of the team will give you a call with all the details. We particularly need help on election day!
You can find out more about me and my Campaign in Putney by visiting www.sheilaboswell.co.uk
Join us next week for Sheila Boswell's Election Rally & Candidature Adoption, with a special guest - Lord Ponsonby (Wednesday18th, 8pm @ The Jolly Gardeners 61-63 Lacy Road, London SW15 1NT)Entry is free...