North Tyneside Friends of the Earth report on air quality update:
Air Quality - Summary of developments since the last meeting with the Local Authority: Recently, North Tyneside has received a £1.2m grant to retro fit 69 buses with technology to bring engines to Euro 6 standards, extra diffusion tubes for the DEFRA identified potential (by 2020) exceedance area on A1058 at Newcastle/North Tyneside boundary. No progress on draft Air Quality Strategy, though, and Local Authority have failed to provide DEFRA with draft strategy for dealing with the potential "Exceedance"area, due 31/3/2018, and subject to Freedom of Information enquiry from Friends of the Earth nationally. No progress on diffusion tubes for all schools either or re-location of tubes to north west of borough-at our suggestion and still not done according to 2017 Air Status Report.
Suggested Event: At a supermarket to highlight people letting car engines "idle" in car parks, urging a switch off while waiting. Also, what about suggesting all supermarkets put a sign up to encourage customers to do this?
North Tyneside Public Transport Users Group are campaigning for pedestrian rights for all at Whitley Bay Library 10.30am-12noon, Saturday 17th November. To be confirmed.
North Tyneside action on Saturday 18th August at Cullercoats Harbour Day, 12-1pm.
We will be wearing t-shirts and leafleting against air pollution, as part of our Pedestrian Rights Campaign. This is especially important given the danger of cars and their pollution on the sea front when it's very hot. No attempt has been made to make the sea front car-free like they did at the Tynemouth Festival. Please come and join us!
North Tyneside Public Transport Users Group meeting: Are you fed up with cars, trees and bushes narrowing pedestrian pavements, and especially parking up on narrow pavements? THEN COME TO DISCUSS HOW WE MIGHT CAMPAIGN AND PUBLICISE because in London its illegal to park on pavements. Join us at Whitley Bay Library, York Rd, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AB on Thursday 26th April between 5-6.45pm.
CLIMATE CHANGE WEEK PROGRAMME - TWPTUG representatives will meet Alan Campbell MP at 2pm on Friday 7 July, outside Cullercoats Metro (coast side), after which Jenny Armstrong will lead a guided tour of the village! Can’t walk or stand for that long? No problem, just come for the photo with Alan, or slip away after 15-20 minutes.
If you would like to support North Tyneside PTUG in our campaign for an integrated public transport network, then come along to our next meeting on Thursday 6th April, from 5 to 7pm at Whitley Bay Library. Free tea and coffee. Vicki Gilbert (Secretary) and Fiona Swindell (Chair).
Thursday 17th November, 5-7pm. Whitley Bay Library, York Rd, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 1AB. Subjects for discussion: Our campaign on buses, new Metro trains and other issues. Tea and coffee available. All welcome.
Bus campaigners supporting their MPs and Mayor in North Tyneside re the BUS SERVICES BILL.