LETTER: Biggest sources of air pollution

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I am always highly amused when I read the frequent reports of pollution in our towns and cities. Clearly, the environmentalists who write these articles have never been to Billingshurst or, I would imagine, any other developed country village.

Having grown up in London in the 1950s, I know a good smog and pollution when I see and smell one and I can assure you it is a frequent occurrence this time of year in this village.

Every house has at least one car and most have two and, of course, there is plenty of truck and lorry traffic. The worst polluters though are the buses, particularly the school buses, which tend to be diesel and old and have never seen any kind of exhaust filter.

The biggest polluters, however, are the bonfires and house fires. When these combine, the air is not only unpleasant, but also exceedingly unhealthy. Indeed, a few people are producing more carbon emissions than a medium sized power station.

In most cases, there is no need for either. The council has provided an excellent tip, one of the few good things HDC has done, and most house fires do no more than warm one room, so the occupants still need gas for heating the rest of their homes and for hot water and electricity for power and light.

In these days, when health is forever an issue and a Government intent on parading its green credentials, I am amazed that house fires are encouraged and bonfires have not been banned.

ROBERT BISHOP

Broomfield Drive, Billingshurst