PUTNEY AIR POLLUTION CAMPAIGN Jonathan Callaway The Putney Society.

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PUTNEY AIR POLLUTION CAMPAIGNJonathan CallawayThe Putney SocietyPUTNEY KEY ACTIONSPutney Society public meetingsNO2 survey of main roads and nearby residential streetsWidely distributed press release targeted at politicians and mediaFollow-up with Wandsworth Council, TfL and Mayors OfficeKey achievement in persuading TfL to introduce hybrid and retro-fitted busesPUTNEY KEY ISSUESCouncil was not prepared to act on our data and in fact challenged some findingsPUBLICITY MADE THE DIFFERENCE got the parties round the tablePutneys problems now on the media radar thanks to Kings College dataImminence of 2012 Mayoral elections was a factorCouncil genuinely motivated to address issues (Mayor holding out offer of Exemplar status if innovative/effective actions taken)But it is not in the Councils power to tackle the fundamental problem our High Street doubles as a major through road and a local shopping street and it is disinclined to consider anything too radical and nothing which might be expensivePUTNEY NEXT STEPSMore difficult, under discussion:Second survey focusing on PMs?Working with Wandworth Environmental Forum to keep pressure on Council ensure monitoring maintainedEngaging with Director of Public Health for Wandsworth air quality seemingly not one of her priorities especially to link the issue to the Active Travel agendaNeed to find new hooks to keep the story alive e.g. hybrid buses are using their diesel engines in PutneyUse the Boris bikes opportunity

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