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Guardian readers' letters – January 16, 2020

Am I the only one who is concerned?

Statements like ‘Zero carbon by 2050’ are too abstract to be meaningful to the general public.

With that in mind, on October 26 I sent an email to (Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways) Coun Richard Davies with what I thought was a more concrete and constructive suggestion.

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (26713309)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (26713309)

Starting point for me was a road repair contractor’s vehicle standing opposite my house for the best part of two hours, doing nothing, but with the engine running and pumping out noxious diesel exhaust.

My idea was that Coun Davies would be in a position to influence contractors and county council employees to consider the consequences of leaving vehicle engines running unnecessarily.

Such reminders might be a topic of conversation in these people’s homes and families and could have a positive effect on our attitudes to air quality.

Reader Jason Richardson took these pictures of Saturday's 'wolf moon'.
Reader Jason Richardson took these pictures of Saturday's 'wolf moon'.

Unfortunately, Coun Davies has not bothered to reply, which is at best rude and at worst shows contempt.

I have also suggested to district councillors, who are responsible for the licensing of taxis, that they could also use their authority to issue a directive or at least a request to taxi drivers that they should also not keep their engines running when waiting for passengers.

The smell in New Road can be appalling.

These councillors felt that this would not be possible and, disappointingly, showed no intention to help the situation.

Meanwhile there are parts of Spalding where drivers are ruining air quality by their actions, notably Winsover Road.

Could someone please assure me that I am not the only person who is so very concerned about poor air quality caused by motor vehicles?

David Jones

via email

Thanks for helping to bring old shipmates together again

Regular readers of the letters page in this newspaper will recall the insertion of a letter of mine, explaining the camaraderie of those who had served in the Royal Navy. I explained that this could be re-lived at the various reunions held around the country and that these were listed on the www.rnshipmates.co.uk site under ‘reunions’.

Well, thank you; you have certainly scored and made a lot of ex-servicemen think back again. They have emailed me on royalnavyreunions@gmail.com and the secretaries of various associations have contacted me.

Consequence? A lot more reunions have been held and a lot more old shipmates reunited and re-lived their past experiences!

With Christmas and the New Year celebrations behind us, reunions are again on the agenda, therefore could I ask reunion organisers and secretaries to let me have details of your reunion for listing?

This is a free service and can be done on www.rnshipmates.co.uk site under ‘reunions’ or by emailingme on royalnavyreunions@gmail.com

PS: Does a ‘Letter to the Editor’ work? ‘The printed word stays’...

‘Dear Mike, six months ago we were packing to move house. I used pages from the local newspaper to pack the glassware. I have just unpacked the last of the glasses and I have just read your letter on one of the ‘straightened out’ pages!

Mike Crowe

RN Shipmates


7 Heath Road

Sandown, Isle of Wight

PO36 8PG

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