Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The pure air of Birmingham city centre


Another 'voluntary ban' on its way subject to a Mickey Mouse public consultation...

A hospital plans to make the streets around it a smoke-free zone - asking people not to light up in nearby roads.

The Birmingham Children's Hospital site has been smoke-free since 2005, but the trust now hopes to deter smoking on Steelhouse Lane and Whittall Street. 

Given that this hospital has exiled smokers out of every part of its grounds - and given that hospital trusts don't own public highways - they can expect a pretty curt response from any smoker they try to 'deter'.

People would be asked to "adhere voluntarily" the trust said, adding fixed penalty notices were not being considered.

How very liberal of them. Or maybe they're not being considered because hospital trusts have absolutely no authority to hand out fixed penalty notices, least of all on public roads?

It said it was in a bid to address concerns from children and visitors that smoking in public spaces around the site, particularly close to the main entrance, was making the environment "unhealthy".

That's what it's all about, is it? It's not just another stage in the NHS's vendetta against smokers? It's all about keeping the air clean on main roads in Birmingham's famously fragrant city centre?

OK then, let's see how healthy the 'environment' around this hospital is at the moment...

Revealed: Birmingham's worst air pollution hotspots

Birmingham’s pollution hotspots have been revealed as campaigners call for a crackdown on emissions in the city.

Data obtained by Birmingham Friends of the Earth had disclosed the city’s five most polluted areas where the air is most filled with toxic nitrogen dioxide gas.

They are outside the Brasshouse, in Broad Street, outside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, outside O’Neills also in Broad Street, Kings Heath High Street and underneath Spaghetti Junction.

We wouldn't want smokers compromising this delicate eco-system, would we?

The plans are subject to a six-week public consultation.

Why not make a submission?

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