This is a call for action. An SODC consultation on Air Quality is planned for Saturday 29th October in Henley Town Hall. We need to be there in numbers to influence the outcomes. Last time only 1 or 2 turned up, now we must have at least 50 so that means you must make every effort to attend. Our campaign is focusing on particulates that are seriously hurting our health, especially that of children. Studies show children aged 8 can have lost 20% of their lung capacity and their academic attainment is noticeably damaged. The number of inhalers by young children in town appears to be growing rapidly.We have initiated particulate readings with a hand held device and a picture is emerging that the air quality problem is over a wider area than the town centre and stretches from Northfield End out along the Reading Road and all around the Town Hall, in fact most places where there is queuing traffic.
In terms of what to say at the consultation, our considered view is that we want Henley to become a Low Emission Zone. This umbrella allows for so many other initiatives to be initiated such as Living Walls, Electric Car points, Car idling elimination, Cleaner buses, Higher parking charges for Diesel vehicles, Priority to Walkers and Cyclists, 20 mph speed limits, and a Through HGV ban. A collective response will attract more attention politically and this is a major aim. We are approaching 10 years since the first Air Quality Action Plan was published and it is about time we had some actions implemented.
In the meantime the Henley-in-Transition/ECO Henley team have been active on your behalf. We managed to get the attention of BBC South Oxford and the attached clip is the item that was shown. It describes the plan to install a Living Wall at Longlands House by St Mary’s Church thanks to Clive Hemsley with plants that absorb the particulates well. A marvellous iniative and with your support we will have more.
So please support us and come along on October 29th 10am to 2pm and persuade others to come as well
David Dickie, Clean Air for Henley campaigner