Estimated air pollution deaths in Hertfordshire rose from 5.8% in 2010 to 6.05% in 2011 and it is now the worst performing area outside London. The proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport, construction works for HS2 and an increase in road users will all have a negative impact on local air quality.
Three Rivers District Council air pollution monitoring in 2012 and 2013 identified that the nitrogen dioxide annual mean air quality objective, within the Air Quality Management Area at Chorleywood, was exceeded. No further monitoring results have been published since 2013.
The Environment Act 1995 requires local authorities to undertake regular reviews of current air quality in their area and assess whether the air quality objectives are likely to be met by the compliance date in areas where exposure is likely over the objective. Where breaches of the air quality objectives are predicted, local councils must declare Air Quality Management Areas and produce Air Quality Action Plans containing measures aimed at achieving the objectives. The Council has a only a vague and questionable plan to tackle this toxic air issue which has huge implications for the health and well being of residents.
We will hold Three Rivers District to account to drastically improve their Air Quality Plan with clear and detailed objectives, and ensure they undertake competent and regular testing in our most polluted areas.
What Three Rivers District Council say: "The Council will require affordable housing to be provided on-site for proposals with a net gain of 10 or more dwellings. All proposals for residential development will be required to comprise 45% affordable housing, regardless of the availability of grant, with a guideline tenure split of 70% social rented and 30% intermediate affordable housing."
Reality: In high profiles schemes such as the South Oxhey regeneration, just 117 of the 514 homes will be cheaper than the market rate, which is around 22%. Last year the Watford Observer revealed that just 96 houses would be classed as social homes. But 48 of these would be converted into affordable housing once the first tenancy comes to an end. This means the price for the next tenant would increase.
A 2017 report by the National Housing Federation stated that Three Rivers has an average house price of £520,644 and average monthly rental cost of £1,434, which is by far the highest out of all areas in the East of England. People renting privately in Three Rivers are being forced to spend more than half of their monthly income on rent.
The Liberal Democrat run Council is not keeping it's promises. Green voices within the Council would ensure these targets are respected and met.
The Green Party supports investment in railways to improve Britain’s transport system, reduce road and air traffic and help cut carbon emissions.
However, the new HS2 route, which passes through nature reserves and many acres of historic woodland, will do far too much damage to local communities and to the environment. The enormous sums of money involved could be better spent improving transport for everybody, not just wealthy business people who will be able to afford to use HS2. This money needs to be spent instead on increasing rail capacity by adding more track to existing routes, and by upgrading freight-only routes for passenger use too.
HS2 is proposed to pass through the Colne Valley Park, including a raised viaduct over Harefield Lakes and the Grand Union Canal. This will have a devastating effect on the area which lies directly to the south of the Three Rivers District.
Accomodation for HS2 workers and huge storage depot is proposed in a site close by which will likely be there for 10 years or more. Just as central government has forced through HS2 for political and not valid reasons, it is likely that green belt land either side of the M25 will be used for building.
The Greens are the ONLY party in opposition to HS2 at Westminster since the project has had the backing of all three main party leaders since its inception. We will continue to oppose the scheme at a national level as well as local level.
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