I might drive a Diesel car but I am a fan of the idea of having a pollution free countryside. I don't like One Size Fits All policies such as blaming Diesels for everything that is wrong with our air quality. I have also acted for some individuals whose homes have been compulsorily purchased. Believe me it is far from a fair system. Ask anyone involved with HS2. So it is with some trepidation that I read this article. Isn't it the local government equivalent of using a sledge hammer to crack a nut? Or to put it another way, when you see a sign saying "road liable to flooding" don't you wonder if they have put the sign there because it was easier than sorting out the drainage problem? What we need is a sensible approach to what really causes air pollution not high taxes on fuel that previously was considered green fuel. I'm sure there are scientists who know about this sort of thing. Shouldn't we start listening to them?
Cornwall ‘to evacuate polluted zones’ Ben Webster, Environment Editor February 1 2017, The Times Residents of Redruth, overlooked by Carn Brea castle, could be forced to move home under council proposals to protect them from air pollution Dozens of families risk losing their homes under compulsory purchase powers and being moved elsewhere to protect them from air pollution. Cornwall council is considering the measure as a cheaper alternative to building bypasses to take diesel vehicles away from pollution hotspots. The council said the proposal would be a last resort and admitted that it would be controversial, but said that it had a statutory duty to tackle air pollution and it might be the only affordable option. About 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution, and the toxic nitrogen dioxide gas produced by diesel vehicles is a significant cause.