Deep breaths – news is not good
The recent news that air quality in Leicester is among the worst not only in England but also in Europe made for depressing reading.
The main source of these toxic fumes, according to experts, is vehicles on roads.
Thus, reducing traffic congestion is the solution to this problem.
The fact that Leicester tops the league table for poor air quality in England and came ninth in the European league table may be viewed as an indictment of the authorities with whom responsibility for traffic management rests.
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I, therefore, say shame on the councillors of Blaby District Council for voting overwhelming in favour of building a town the size of Market Harborough on a site where the road network is so poor massive increases in traffic congestion are an inevitable consequence of their decision.
If they were unaware of these latest shocking statistics when they voted, the same cannot be said of their knowledge of local air quality measurements.
Measuring sites close to the proposed Lubbesthorpe new town have recorded sharp increases in air pollution for a number of years, bringing parts of Blaby in excess of acceptable EU and UK levels.
So shame on them, too, for showing a disregard for World Health Organisation guidelines when making their planning choices.
Those who ignored this information and the concerns of the residents they ostensibly represent may be accused of reckless indifference to the health and well-being of their constituency.
Val Brooks, Leicester Forest East.
Your article on the closure of Duncan Road Working Men's Club ("Such a shame that our club is closing," Mailbox, January 19) brought back some unforgettable memories for me.
In 1939-40, they held weekly dances, which I attended.
During one of them it was a "Ladies Excuse Me" dance.
I ran across the floor to ask this handsome young man to dance.
This dance eventually led to a romance which led to us being married for 60 years, so I say a sincere thank you to Duncan Road WMC.
Olive Fregstone, Wigston Magna.