Sunday, 20 August 2017

Call to ban diesel vehicles

CAMPAIGNERS have urged Henley Town Council to revise part of the neighbourhood development plan.

CAMPAIGNERS have urged Henley Town Council to revise part of the neighbourhood development plan.

Justin Bowles and David Dickie, who are members of the environmental group Henley in Transition, asked councillors to reconsider the transport study linked to the document.

Mr Dickie, of St Katherine’s Road, suggested that diesel vehicles should be banned from the town.

He said that diesel vehicles emit invisible particulates that damage lungs and could lead to premature death.

He said: “This is similar to the passive smoking scenario but you cannot see it.



“Particulates do not disappear either as when they settle on roads, the next car or HGV can easily recycle them. They spread around the town, making everyone vulnerable.”

Mr Dickie said that if a ban was not introduced then a bypass should be built.

Mr Bowles, of St Marks Road, called for a traffic regulation order banning heavy good vehicles to be included in the plan.

He claimed that Peter Brett Associates, which carried out the study, felt such a zone was enforceable and the costs worthy of consideration.

Mr Bowles said: “In the study there is a consideration to introduce a low emission zone, which is fantastic.”



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