Do you write letters to the local newspaper?
I am guilty.
In fact, I might well hold the record for having more letters published than anybody else in The Echo over the last 20 years.
I cannot imagine anyone taking the time to check whether this is so!
I understand that the letters pages of newspapers is the most widely read part of any newspaper.
Anyway, if you feel strongly about something, I think it’s a good idea to do so.
Here is my latest offering :
We should not get too excited over the news that the operators at Southampton port have invested in more air quality monitoring equipment.
All this monitoring has proved that there are dangerous levels of air pollution.
We know that it arises from port related activity and traffic not associated with the port.
The time when we have to act is long overdue.
Public Health England attribute 40,000 premature deaths to air pollution annually in the UK every year.
The area around west of Southampton is one of the greatest pollution hotspots.
More monitoring contributes nothing to reducing the seriousness of the problem.
If it means business will have to operate differently in the future, then so be it.
Our health and the health of future generations relies upon us taking definite action to reduce harmful emissions, not just monitoring.
Councillor David Harrison
Leader, New Forest District Liberal Democrats
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