Smog, Bowes Primary, Intel and looking ahead

Been worried about air quality for years. As a kid in the city where I grew up, the school authorities used to force us to cancel afternoon sports practices due to smog. So it's been awful witnessing the same thing again in Bowes.

 

A few years ago I had Enfield Council's Sustainability scrutiny look at the existing air quality sensors. They really weren't good enough. So went out a while back (ostensibly as part of a "smart cities" agenda) to doorstep Intel. And wangled about 100 free air quality sensors out of them. See http://boweslabour.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/enfield-working-with-inte...

 

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http://www.enfield.gov.uk/news/article/1020/pollution_kept_in_check...

 

X number of these sensors are to be rolled out in Bowes to gain a more granular understanding of air quality at different distances from the North Circular. Hopefully to inform behaviour.  This will directly involve the community - watch this space imminently

 

In the mean time, I totally support our friend Tom S. representing my fellow Bowes Primary governors (plus the School leadership) with the strong steps they are taking to protect the children. This is a crisis and although the big picture is too many cars in London (thus insufficient public transportation alternatives) - not to mention some fairly wimpy stands taken by Boris at his first GLA election re: not enforcing maximum car pollution standards - short-term we need to react as Tom and friends are doing.

 

Long-term the case has to be more obvious than ever to anyone criticising our moves to increase cycling in Enfield (see Mini-Holland bid)  that today's automobile-centric society has flaws.

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Comment by Laura Davenport on July 25, 2020 at 17:14

Hi Liz, check this out https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/environment/air-quality-status-..., there is a bit about Bowes in it but maybe not the amount of detail you are looking for.   The initial flyer asking for input for the scheme https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/bowesQN talked about residential roads, children playing, walking etc but the scheme to date focuses only on blocking roads off, it really lacks imagination.  I 100% support less traffic on our roads and I equally support us using our local shops more, supporting our local economy.  Once phase two is implemented (bus gate on Brownlow) it will be very very difficult to do a large shop in Palmers Green. I really would like our councillors to set up a zoom meeting for all residents and traffic engineers so we can ask a few questions. 

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