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NEW health dangers emerging for Edinburgh Council to acknowledge

on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:55


An OPEN LETTER  has gone to various people in the City of Edinburgh council pointing out NEW DANGERS from traffic in the city.

In 2007/8 the council DISMISSSED detailed scientific concerns about the  EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION ON HEALTH by people worried at the massive dislocation to the City's traffic flows that was being planned to accommodate the Tram project.

This dislocation ,in effect, picked up the heavy , noisy, polluting traffic from the former (lightly inhabited) main through-routes in the city (in particular Leith Street, Princes Street, Shandwick Place-- but also George Street) and

Does it matter our tram raises pollution levels in Edinburgh--??

on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:49

We've made the point repeatedly that the Edinburgh Tram raises levels of pollutants in our city...  it cleans up the showpiece central streets, takes the pollution from there, increases it, and dumps in residential streets.

We don't think many people believe us, mainly because it just seems too difficult to believe....  Trams?  CREATE pollution??  Everybody knows that's wrong---don't even have to think about it!

The facts show the council knew this in 2003... this table and comments are from the main, widely circulated report into the project's feasibility called STAG 2003 (Scottish

Join the dots

on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:10

Just ten dots

Dot one...2003 Edinburgh Council told if the tram is built as planned the city will see MORE, not less pollution..and this MORE in residential areas than main roads. ALL OVER the city (not just streets near the tram line)

 

Dot two... Council told their Tie Ltd contract was not fit for purpose---it had too many loopholes, wasn't fit for purpose.

 

Dot three.. Tram built anyway...contract costs spiral out of control... Contractors drive a fleet of buses through the loopholes..and Tie Ltd collapses in chaos

 

Dot Four..Tram costs over £1.1Billion for about half the planned

The only way is up

The last few days have seen another avalanche of good news about the tram on it's first anniversary.

From all sides, executives and elected councillors, the song has been the same..focussing on passengers numbers up on expectations, passenger satisfaction and the tram being exceeding exceed revenue targets by 3%.

The missing link is the usual absence of any context for the figures. The Council officers and their media communications experts send out the releases and the councillors wave them through without comment.

But if anyone who may read this happens to bump into a councillor below are

Clean air became an election issue today

Clean air became an election issue today... everywhere except Edinburgh Council. 

In 2003 our Council miscalculated that air pollution wasn't important enough to pay attention to, when they ignored the fact that (weird but true)  their tram vanity plan would make pollution in the city worse..... not better..

They ignored it most probably because they felt an already controversial project with a high ticket price would become impossible to schmooze past the public if the real costs of dealing with the increase became known.(If that was not the reason then it's hard to imagine what it could

Edinburgh Council divide to rule

on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 21:42

Throughout the tram project the Council administration has followed a divide and rule policy toward not only separate interest  groups, (thus trying to create a completely false cyclists v car drivers opposition) but also even neighbourhood v neighbourhood opposition.

 

The *we can't do anything for you - because it would not be fair to them* argument is invariably used to do nothing for anybody.

"On time and on budget" became the rightly derided Council catchphrase, characterising the  complacent use of convenient untruths to cover up reality during the planning and construction phase of

One set of facts...and one 'Set of Books' needed

on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:39

This page from an early project analysis report has a very simple table and two paragraphs below  that look as if they add a little bit of explanation to the figures in the table.

But in truth, these few lines are not quite the whole truth and nothing but the truth,and it provides just one (early) example that  illustrates something that reappears again and again throughout the history of the tram project.

The way in which the smallest details of the project are produced but then always so very carefully presented  with statements that appear straightforward and artless, but are all too

Facts do matter -- Quick quiz, answers provided

Q1: What connects the United States of America's Environmental Protection agency in Washington DC and the United Nation's Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee based in Geneva?

Q2:  What are PM2.5s? [Answer Hint: click here to see the USA's epa one page summary on what PM2.5s are and how dangerous they are :) ]

Q3 Read this table measuring PM10s in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow and spot the glaring anomaly. (click here to see table for PM10s)

Q4: Our credibility gap video on this website Home Page (click to see)  .. do the council still deny that it is true, that we were right and they

1934 and all that....

on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 20:50

"Churchill was distressed at what he saw as sophistry and evasion. He was convinced he was upholding a basic principle a basic of principle of (Parliamentary) democracy, that the Government must act honestly in its evaluation of information, and draw the correct conclusions from those facts, however embarrasing or alarming they might be, rather than twist them to fit the policy."

(From the recently deceased great historian Martin Gilbert's biography*Churchill: A life* pg 528).

Churchill was reacting to a British Government fiddling the facts to suit a policy (on India) in June 1934 that was

Don't build schools ON busy roads ever again say experts.. but Edinburgh Council sends the busy road TO our schools

One tram fact and two pollution facts:

The first of these is counter factual, and the 2nd two take some swallowing at first sight--but that does not make them wrong, and all three are true.

This map...created from Edinburgh Council's own data

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