Mostly this blog delights in celebrating the wonderful world of Putney and reviewing its fine establishments, but we couldn’t ignore the news that the area has already reached its air pollution limits just as January reaches double figures. Obviously this is not good news and according to The Evening Standard shopkeepers are being advised to keep doors closed to protect staff. That’s fine in the winter but what about the summer?
It’s certainly noticeable how busy the high-street can be, either at weekends or during the rush hour(s) in the morning or evening. A taxi once took about 20 minutes to get us down the high-street at 7am on the way to Heathrow.
According to The Standard residents such as Fernando Torres (never seen him) and Yasmin Le Bon (never seen her) have “summoned” local council chiefs to a meeting. We don’t think they have personally, but perhaps they will be there demanding 10-point plans be put in place to keep air pollution levels down.
The trouble is, what are we going to do about it? You can’t very well shut down the roads or ban buses. Road widening efforts may help, but surely it’s just about the amount of vehicles that cross the river; perhaps we need another bridge somewhere, although that seems even more unlikely.
It’s a shame Putney’s popularity in this instance is causing its own problems, but at least the issue is on the radar and being discussed…What do you think? Is it a problem, do you notice poor air quality when shopping, is there any solution? Answers below if so!