Have Your Say – Clean Air for Henley

Given my interest in Air Quality and especially the health threatening particulates from diesel, I have recently been able to use a hand-held monitoring device to look at particulate distribution around Henley. The three worst places were outside the Police Station, in Duke Street (beside the Nitrogen Dioxide station) and outside St Mary’s Church. In fact 7 out of the top 10 worst places are not in our Air Quality Management Area as designated by SODC. High Pollution stretches from Northfield End , down New Street and around to the Bridge, along the Reading Road past the Post Office and on the Town Hall steps.

So my first 2 recommendations are to extend the AQMA to cover all polluted areas and to do something about the current congestion at the bottom of Greys Road BEFORE we add to the traffic problem through the Neighbourhood Plan. We can then get the Conservatives to action their first 100 days promise in May 2015 to provide a solution to HGVs passing through Henley and to resolve the delays through Henley due to the phasing of Traffic Lights. Banning diesel is happening across the world but in the UK we wish to compensate the buyers of diesel who were misled but probably not the children who have lost 10-20% of their lung capacity. By the way there is no cure for them or you!

David Dickie
St Katherines Road

Hotel du Vin Website
  1. Liz says:

    There are a number of drivers who seem to need to keep their engines running at all times…..stationary outside a shop , lay by, outside a school and even when in a car park.
    If everyone with a car decided to switch their engine OFF (modern cars have this feature but it can be overridden) when not in mention this would have the effect of reducing preventable pollution and save then occupants money!

    • Nic says:

      Totally agree with Liz – the Council should put up some signs around the town to encourage idle engines to be switched off. But we need a lot more leadership to address the air crisis in Henley – the real cause is diesel cars. So let’s reserve 25% of Henley car parks for electric vehicles; let’s provide 50 free electric car charging points in Henley car parks. And let’s see some initiatives from the Council to encourage green walls and green roofs around the town.

  2. Liz says:

    Just back from HOT…….using my bike. A large car sitting in the layby with its engine running…..as was the bus parked outside Boots.
    Doors of shops open releasing heat and making sure that all the pollution comes inside the shop whilst I purchased my shoes and a birthday card!!
    Cough, Cough
    We need leaflets to hand to drivers to raise awareness (in a non confrontational way) with facts about what pollution is doing to our lungs! People can then make what is after all a very small behavioural change? Leaflet required PLEASE
    And want about THIS
    http://www.closethedoor.org.uk……where are the stickers to issue to our local shops??

  3. David Brough says:

    How about getting coaches to turn their engines off. I pass the bus stop on the Reading side of Tesco in Henley (opposite the allotments) in the mornings and there is often a coach (the big school run type) parked up with its engine on. Coming back 20 minutes later it is still there, engine running.

    We are behind other countries in terms of signs requesting engines to be turned off at traffic lights. I remember seeing these in Europe over 15 years ago. It would be a good idea.and gets my vote.

    At present, the notion of buildings so many new houses in Henley seems an act of immense self harm. The science is clear on the non-fatal and fatal effects of pollution and I cannot understand how any government, local or national can move forward with such a plan. Killing me softly with your exhaust…


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