Post letters: Low emission zone, GPS tagging, Riverside fire and holiday with diabetes
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 June 2019
Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.
Low emission neighbourhood a welcome start
Lynn Manning, Dagenham, writes:
Of course any action taken to reduce pollution is to be applauded (Low emission neighbourhood to be set up in bid to tackle air pollution).
I wish the council would also roll-out solar panelling - even just in public buildings would be a help. It seems an obvious solution to provide electricity. The more common it becomes would speed up production and fitting. Such an industry could provide jobs in development and maintenance.
I would like pavements without hazards to encourage people to walk, and cycle lanes are of course a great idea.
However, does "user friendly for pedestrians" mean the pavements and roads will be made safe? I wonder how many like me end up in A&E because of broken ground. Take a wander along Wood Lane between Heathway and Morrison's or a special trip down Donne Road to see what a pleasure it is to simply walk!
GPS tagging for knife offenders
Unmesh Desai AM, London Assembly Member for City & East, writes:
Tackling re-offending is a key facet in our fight against rising violent crime. This is why it has been very positive to see City Hall recently increase its investment in this area.
The Mayor of London is expanding upon a pilot scheme which has been operating in Lewisham, Croydon, Southwark and Lambeth, making it a requirement for knife crime offenders, deemed to be the most at-risk of re-offending, to wear a GPS tag after their release from prison as part of strict licence conditions.
I welcome the decision to roll this out to our borough and believe it will help to improve the rehabilitation of persistent offenders and protect victims. It should also enable the police to more effectively detect and prevent violent crime.
It is vital that we continue to come together as a community and cultivate a strong relationship with our local police teams. In this way, we will be playing our part in stopping more tragedies from occurring on our streets by sharing with officers any relevant intelligence and information that we might have.
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Credit to brave flat fire rescuers
Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:
The heroic actions of Andrew Boff, London Assembly member, possibly saved the lives of many people from inside the burning flats (Barking Riverside) about 100 yards from his home.
The first he knew of it was when he heard much shouting coming from the street near the housing.
Andrew together with some others, oblivious of the danger, ran inside to tell any occupants still there to get out quickly. It could have been much more serious had they not been warned by Andrew and his band of rescuers.
It is quite amazing in such dangerous situations there are people who risk their lives to save others. This is wonderful human characteristic revealed in times of imminent tragedy. The spirit of cooperation comes to the fore in such dangerous and life threatening circumstances and showed itself here with Andrew and is team mates.
There will, of course, be the usual investigation as to the cause of the fire, but thankfully to the rescuers it will not require a coroner's report. Well done, all the heroes in this reported account of the fire.
This will now leave room for the generosity of others to help in the housing and expenses incurred by the survivors in such a time as this.
Jenny Hirst, InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), writes:
As summer is with us, many may be looking forward to holidays whether in this country or abroad and some oreaders with diabetes may be anxious, especially if it is the first time going on holiday since they were diagnosed.
Going on holiday for people with diabetes is not quite so straight forward and requires more planning, especially for those treated with insulin. The security at airports and on flights means that carrying injection devices, blood glucose testing kit and insulin on planes requires prior arrangements.
The InDependent Diabetes Trust [IDDT], a charity for people with diabetes and their families provides a Holiday Information Pack with tips on looking after diabetes in hot weather, foot care and carrying tablets and insulin to other countries.
We will send this free to readers if they contact IDDT on 01604 622837, email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively write to IDDT, PO Box 294, Northampton NN1 4XS