Are YOU affected by pollution?
The red areas of this map show where High Levels of pollution have been measured.
If I vary my jogging or others make use of the Plume Flow device, this may change the map.
This website includes records of real-time air quality using a Plume Laboratories - "Flow" Device.
If you want the latest guidance and statistics
from Government scientists on coronavirus (Covid-19)
Local Government Air Quality Responsibilities
House of Commons Library Briefing Paper for MPs
(Issued 25th February 2020)
Woodland natural capital accounts, UK: 2020.
Natural capital accounts containing information on ecosystem services for woodlands in the UK.
This Bulletin, issued 28th February 2020 by the Office of National Statistics, is not as "snooze-making" as the title appears!
I lays out in plain English, the problems we face from poor tree cover and the financial benefits that come from local planting at the small-scale - not just forests and woodlands. 46-pages but a lot of that is illustration/graphs...etc.
Living with Beauty - Promoting health, well-being and sustainable growth
Published 28th January 2020 - 190 Pages - This is a very wide-ranging document. My interest is in idea of planting fruit trees as part of the planning approvals process as well as improving public spaces. Remember, you can order fruit trees in different sizes - you do this by choosing a "rootstock" - this is summarised and explained by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Brogdale can also help.
If time is short - read pages 35-52 which summarise "What Should Be Done?".
If you are even shorter of time ...
"Policy Proposition 32: plant urban orchards – one fruit tree per house. In addition to the wider benefits set out, there is a need to reconnect children with nature and with the sources of their food. The government should:-
- Support a programme of urban orchards within our towns and cities;
- Encourage, via guidance, local councils to require one fruit tree per new house built; and
- Encourage housebuilders to plant one fruit tree per house."
Latest Government Statistics on Pollution trends across the UK, 14th February 2020
I have written to Neighbours and Residents to alert them to the latest evidence that we face "business as usual" when it comes to protecting our health against the attack of major housing developments injecting and trapping yet more traffic into the A2 in places where drivers have very little choice but to join queues that spew harmful Particulate Matter into our bodies. You can read that email here.I produced a graph for the data from 2008 to 2018 to help make the point.
The short lesson for Swale Borough Council is - stop ignoring the bigger picture!
Fixating on NOx alone means our health is in the hands of people wearing very narrow blinkers.
We have a new SBC administration, what do you think? Will officials be instructed to get a grip on reality? Or will the bully boys win?
There is a need for good quality housing, but not if all logic and compassion is ignored.
Here we go again!
My "starter for ten points" has been submitted to the Planning Portal on 23rd October 2019
We have raised many issues of concern, most have direct connection with SBC legal responsibilities to "reduce" harm and reinforce the importance of "Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish" as a rural parish that benefits us all - north and south of the A2.
If this proposal is revisited by the Developers to make material changes,
we will have to stand ready to resubmit ALL our objections
because SBC would fire a new "Starting Gun."
[Contact methods retained (below) just in case]
· Online at: THIS LINK - opens the exact page or http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/ (General Entry page). You may find you have to re-register on the Portal as several of us have been removed due to new Data Protection requirements! Get in early to create your new profile! Otherwise you will wait forever for an email to update your password, etc!
· Email firstname.lastname@example.org - if your objection has images or heavy formatting that you think is important. The Planning Portal strips out formatting rendering it as plain text. In that case, save your comments as a PDF and email it to this email address.
· Write to Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ - Case Officer - Andrew Spiers
- Keep track on-line:
The application number and site address - 19/505036/OUT | Outline application for the erection of up to 86 residential dwellings, including 50% affordable housing (Access being Sought). | Land South Of London Road Teynham Kent ME9 9QJ. To view the details and see comments received - USE THIS LINK.
- Keep track through e-mails:
I maintain an email group (let me know if you want to add your email address, let me know - email@example.com
- Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council Objection Letter, 11th November 2019
- Lynsted with Kingsdown PC flier sent out 3rd November
- Court of Appeal Judgement (12th September 2019) reinforces the obligation on Local Authorities
to apply the test of "cumulative impact"where AQMAs are declared and reject Proposals
that seek to avoid this responsibility under cover of "mitigation" (miles away!). PDF Copy of the Judgement.
MEASUREMENT OF POLLUTION LEVELS AND THE TIME IT LASTS = "HARM"
Higher pollution leads to more harm, more quickly.
SBC only measures NOx at a time when we have got very high levels of VOCs, PM10 and PM2.5.
THE A2 IS NOT A TRUNK ROAD - STOP PRETENDING IT IS!
ALL development approvals that join the A2 must logically add pollution to the AQMAs. We are already living with harmful levels of pollution from heavy and often congested traffic.
PLANNING FOR POLLUTION
This website does not argue against housing; it does argue for housing in places with sensibly thought out infrastructure and with the least harm to the health of residents, visitors and workers.
Councillors & Officials have argued that they can deliver 'housing without more pollution'. They can only say this because they only measure NOx from combustion - engines are burning cleaner. SBC ignores three other toxic pollutants identified as harmful by Central Government (see Pollution Diary). So, SBC simply rolls over to Developers who always say that pollution (NOx) impacts from each development are "insignificant". This is not true if all pollutants are discussed. Perhaps the new Council will get on the front foot in delivering on health issues for their Residents?
SBC have ignored Government policies that link increases in housing with increases in harmful pollution - especially in AQMAs. The National Planning Policy Framework (2019) tells all Local Authorities that they must take into account the "cumulative impact" of all housing approvals where traffic will increase in existing AQMAs. SBC's behaviour undermines Government policies on reducing pollution at a local and national level. The Court of Appeal has made abundantly clear the overriding importance of pollution, cumulative impacts and planning decisions in its judgement of 12th September 2019.
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This website grew from ad hoc entries into the www.lynsted.com website - hopefully this new site allows for better structure and clarity. Please let me know if you have suggestions for changes or additions.
Innovation around Facebook. I am instinctively suspicious of Facebook but I have decided to try a Facebook Page in support of this website - https://www.facebook.com/Aqma5a2. My intention (so far) is to share ideas about vocabulary used in planning and pollution. Perhaps also pick on interesting ideas from the news or policy-makers. For those of you who don't 'do' Facebook, I have added a page to this site in which Facebook posts will appear from time to time. Go to my web-page for non-Facebook peeps.