Organic contradiction

The new Abel and Cole TV ad must be music to all the nature lovers who just thrive of environmental issues. This ad personifies all the squabbles XR demos are trying to tell us and attempt to bring solutions.

It describes how our need for greed is responsible for all our ills.

Abel and Cole want to deliver organic produce directly to our doors. So far so good.

But, don’t you need access to all roads to deliver all homes with organic produce?

Whilst there are the Low Traffic Neighbourhood Nature lovers who call for the closure of roads to traffic.

So how are Abel and Cole going to deliver those great organic goods to our homes? Not even the sternest of all road haters can argue against organic produce.

Delivering goods is taking quite a lot of traffic off our roads already. If you think each person needing to go out and do shopping v. the delivery method whereby one delivery vehicle can supply a lot of people who then do not need to go out and either use their own car or public transport to do their shopping.

Yet, again that point, for deliveries you need roads to be open.

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Political solutions

Councils really love it,

you collect signatures for petitions, you present the petition in council chamber and they can either allow or deny the request. Often enough they deny it, but, they still love it that you came to try because it is democracy in action.

Apparently it is extremely time-consuming to collect signatures for petitions on the whim of it being disallowed most of the time.

Many problems can be solved much easier and quicker if people go along the complaints route.

In Tower Hamlets you can complain three times about a problem within six months, if nothing has improved after that time you use Community Trigger. That shows up in the statistics as a failure for the council to solve a problem. They really hate that and actually have to improve things to resolve problems.

Whilst with the petitions and representations, they just do not have to do anything but deny it.

Another great route is complaining to the Ombudsman.

Many problems I get presented with have to do with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). In some council areas they have listened to people and removed road blockages but in others they just don’t. It’s made a political issue and powerful politicians try to push the issue. In Tower Hamlets that has led to this: “Let’s vote Lutfur Rahman again, he is the only politician to remove them, whilst Labour wants to keep them there”.

Taken from Facebook, local traders protest on road closures

Then people wonder why Lutfur Rahman again gets elected. Labour always uses the same political ploy, they enable more radical left-wingers to get into positions, whether it’s George Galloway or Lutfur Rahman because that is what they want to happen.

I have seen messages from London Fire Brigade and been told that the Met Police have officially requested the removal of road blockages for LTNs with no effect. That should be unlawful but unfortunately it is not unlawful for councils to not listen to concerns from emergency services.

Also it is wicked and cruel to first of all tell traders to open shops and then close the roads so that people cannot drive to them, this includes deliveries and pick-ups for orders.

Personally I do not think that particular politicians can resolve technical problems because technical problems should not have to rely on particular politicians, they should be there regardless of political leadership.

Just look at the issue of Fire safety in Tower Blocks. There are many Facebook groups and local politicians, even the new MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who is currently in court for alleged housing benefit fraud, says, that we need a political solution to solve the problem of paying for removing cladding.

But in the meantime, until the cladding is removed, there are alarm based solutions.

Yet, non of the politicians involved in the debate ever mentions this once.

Alarm based solutions enable the flat owners to install a smart alarm that is connected to other alarm owners via an App called Safeland. If one alarm goes off, all other alarm owners connected get alarmed as well. That saves people from patrolling blocks day and night.

It costs a little bit for the alarm and a yearly small subscription fee to Safeland but it is peace of mind. Yet media like TV channels have spent a lot of time portraying people as having to patrol their blocks and never mentioned the alarm based solutions people can instal.

So why do politicians and so many Facebook groups not mention this to their readers?

I think you can abuse the public by steering every problem into a political solution without mentioning the sheer brilliant technical ones.

Getting there

Road closures always cause confusion. The mapping services of road directing apps are just not adjusting fast enough to every road closure, so that all types of vehicles get stuck.

It doesn’t matter whether we use ‘What three words‘ or any other Sat Nav, it depends on what is programmed into the software, which determines how we get there.

I have been annoyed many times, using Google maps, that I was directed to the back of a property or another side of the road, rather than where I wanted to get there.

Not even an A-Z can be printed fast enough to reflect road changes.

I think the people who invent LTN schemes have a duty of care to help those needing to use the affected roads, to get around efficiently.

Whilst our towns are built on the expectation that roads around buildings are accessible, now some new policies think those roads should be closed.

That does not take into account needs of people within schemes who require car access, using the very roads, our city planners relied on.

It seems a new fashion to declare all car or vehicle traffic public enemy number one.

There are many more things society can do to reduce carbon emissions.

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