Clean air – time to act

To the Editor of the Henley Standard

Dear Editor

The recent Peter Brett traffic study suggested morning peak hour HGV traffic volumes had increased over 100% over the past four years.

As Henley Standard reported, this will further exacerbate air pollution.

Yet HGVs are only one cause of air pollution. Another is cars and vans stopping in the town but leaving their engines running.

As part of Henley in Transition, we have been running the No Idling Campaign in Henley’s primary schools and it’s been a great success. But still more needs to be done to tackle the problem of air pollution and increased traffic.

Too many of us have become lazier and more set in our ways. It’s just too easy and convenient to hop in the car for short journeys or to the shops for just a few items.

We all need to change our mindsets by leaving cars at home and walking. Not only would this cut down on air pollution and traffic, but it’s great for your mental health and well-being.

You may even find yourself bumping into an old friend and renewing your friendship. If you can’t bring yourself to walk then there is always the town’s local bus service, where plenty of conversations are to be had.

It is time for all of us to act – for our own health and that of our children.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Donna Crook

Sitting and prospective HRG Candidate for Henley Town Council

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