Search

Anti-car protesters draw attention to campaign in Highbury

18:02 01 October 2012

The group displaying their placards in Highbury Fields

The group displaying their placards in Highbury Fields

Archant

A group of parents and young children decorated the streets last Saturday to mark World Car Free Day.

The protesters ‘reclaimed’ spaces usually occupied by parked cars by creating chalk artwork on various roads in and around Highbury Corner, including Highbury Crescent and Laycock Street.

They wanted to highlight the problem of air pollution and persuade car owners to leave their vehicles at home.

Among the protesters was 10-year-old Nell May, who lives in Finsbury Park and has asthma. She said: “We drew clouds, statistics and messages like ‘save our lungs’ on the floor.

“We had aprons and feather dusters so that we could clean the sky. If people aren’t going far they could leave their cars at home.”

The group says air pollution is behind a huge increase in asthma among youngsters. A recent study by the Better Archway Forum showed levels of nitrogen dioxide in parts of Islington were far above recommended EU levels.

Caroline Russell, from Islington Green Party, criticised the council for not getting involved in the protest.

She said: “It’s regrettable that the council chose to do nothing to promote World Car-Free Day. It’s a real missed opportunity and that’s why we took to the streets on Saturday.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

49 minutes ago
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena

A mother who allegedly had female genital mutilation performed on her by a doctor at the Whittington Hospital has condemned the practice while giving evidence in court.

A general view of Exmouth Market in London EC1R showing Gulsham Tandori restaurant which has been forced to shut.

Restaurant owners have spoken out after feeling “forced” from Exmouth Market to make way for new high-end businesses.

Cllr Claudia Webbe

A new cycle superhighway which was set to transform the journeys of Islington’s bike users will initially stop short of the borough.

15:41
Troubled: The market Estate was beset by problems

New film tells tale of troubled housing project

Most read news

We let two experts have their say on why the campaign is needed – or isn’t.

The gunman’s background and motives are still being investigated by the Dutch authorities.

This isn’t just another Boris-ism, he’s talking about an official MI5 report in “colourful language”.

The world of Disney is getting a little crowded with all these independent females.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder