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Time to crack down on wood stoves fad; Letters & Emails.

OVER the past few weeks there has been a number of letters published regarding the introduction of congestion charges in the city and the effects of diesel engines on the environment.

However, what I consider a threat, almost as great to the city's air quality, is the proliferation of wood-burning stoves.

I cannot see the point of trying to improve the current situation without embracing the whole spectrum of transgressors.

Wood burners have in the last few years become a popular and dangerous fad.

Anyone who remembers the air quality in our city prior to the inception of the Clean Air Act will also know of the health problems imposed on the population by domestic open fires and industrial usage of fossil fuel.

I really thought we had progressed beyond the archaic forms of heating, to which wood burners truly belong.

I have a chronic chest condition caused by a now outlawed substance. I am trapped between three wood burners - one south, one west and one east. Only one is properly maintained.

The acrid stench they cause is appalling and detrimental to the well-being of those expected to tolerate their installation.

Their owners appear oblivious, although they surely can't be, to the pollution for which they are responsible.

It is now time that environmental authorities implement and improve existing legislation to control the installation of these toxic antiquities in our cities.

Robert Betteridge

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Publication:Solihull News (Solihull, Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2018
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