Council should set a green example
THERE is growing concern over the dangerously high levels of pollution in areas of London.
Hillingdon residents are particularly at risk from this pollution given that Heathrow Airport together with the M25, M40 and M4 motorways all lie within its area.
The London Mayor’s own figures on this show that around 4,200 Londoners die prematurely caused by poor air quality.
Clearly something needs to be done to reduce the high levels of road traffic as it is vehicle exhaust emissions which are the main cause of the pollution.
I often reflect on this during my morning walk to catch the tube at Uxbridge Station.
This takes me past Brunel University, Uxbridge High School, (UHS), and Hillingdon’s Civic Centre.
Passing each of them I see a stream of cars driven by staff entering their sites. Each of these cars has only ever has one occupant.
All three of these establishments are funded by taxpayers. As such their management is subject to control and influence by government, be it at local or national level.
It behoves our Local Council to take a lead in tackling this serious issue. As a first step I would like to see them implement measures to limit the number of cars being used by their own staff.
In addition to underground parking space within the Civic Centre Council the staff use a nearby multi-storey car park which has capacity for 500 cars. There must surely be scope for reducing this huge number of cars travelling to the centre each working day.
One way to achieve a reduction would be to introduce a car sharing scheme. Another approach might be to incentivise staff to travel to work either by public transport or cycling.
Similar measures should also be adopted by UHS and Brunel and Hillingdon Council, who have influence on the management of both, should be urging both of them to do so.
I look forward, perhaps naively, to a time when, on my walk to work, I see fewer cars clogging up the streets, in a cleaner environment.