Third run­way would put health at risk

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED DILYANA MANOLOVA Ad­dress sup­plied

I AGREE with Phil Rum­sey’s let­ter ‘A third run­way will worsen pol­lu­tion’ (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 1).

The Heathrow area has high lev­els of pol­lu­tion and con­sis­tently breaches EU safety reg­u­la­tions on air qual­ity. This will in­crease if Heathrow ex­pands fur­ther, and there will also be more traf­fic.

Frank Kelly, pro­fes­sor of en­vi­ron­men­tal health at King’s Col­lege London, said that air pol­lu­tion is a ma­jor health haz­ard in Bri­tain. Pol­lu­tion par­ti­cles smaller than 10 mi­crome­tres can en­ter the lungs. The tiny ones of 2.5 can pass into the blood­stream and dam­age blood ves­sels, con­tribut­ing to car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

A Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion study at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity showed air pol­lu­tion leads to more heart at­tacks and heart fail­ure. Pol­lu­tion can worsen asthma, em­phy­sema and bron­chi­tis.

The WHO’s In­ter­na­tional Agency of Can­cer Re­search stated that air pol­lu­tion is a car­cino­gen, and a study led by Ole Raaschou-Neil­son from the Dan­ish Can­cer Re­search Cen­tre found that for ev­ery in­crease of five mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre of ‘PM 2.5 pol­lu­tion’ the lung can­cer risk rose by 18 per cent.

Air pol­lu­tion has also been linked to a rise in birth de­fects. Re­search by sci­en­tist Dr Dick Van Stee­nis showed that ar­eas with the high­est pol­lu­tion have four times the level of autism than the least pol­luted ar­eas.

Why do the au­thor­i­ties not seem to care that the Heathrow area breaks air qual­ity stan­dards? the coun­cil has dealt with chang­ing the whole area to be per­mit-only park­ing.

I have never been in­formed about this change via email or let­ter, and there were no road signs in­form­ing any of the res­i­dents.

I was com­ing back from work re­cently and found my ve­hi­cle had been tick­eted. As it was parked where I nor­mally park, this made me re­ally an­noyed.

I have been liv­ing in this place for the past three years, have a res­i­dence card, pay my coun­cil tax and what I am get­ting in re­turn? No com­mu­ni­ca­tion for road changes but just a park­ing fine.

So now I am left with no place to park my ve­hi­cle in the area un­til the long process of ap­ply­ing for a per­mit is com­pleted.

I am scared that the ticket in­spec­tor will give me another ticket. I am highly dis­ap­pointed about this sit­u­a­tion.

I be­lieve this is un­fair to­wards all the res­i­dents in the area.

If I [had been] in­formed about this change to park­ing per­mits I would have ap­plied for it long time ago.

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