Reduce traffic on our streets

20th February 2020

Survey shows top of the list for London voters is “Reduce traffic on our streets and backstreets”

Environment campaigners publish results of a new survey in advance of 3 May local elections


 

CPRE London (1) asked 500 London voters to pick the top three things they would like their council to do or promote on environmental issues. The survey (2) was carried out during April 2018. Top of the list for voters was “Reduce traffic on our streets and backstreets”. Second came “Reduce and control litter”.
Alice Roberts of CPRE London said: “Reducing litter has always been a major issue for local voters so it was a surprise to see traffic reduction beating it to the top of the list and it may well reflect current concerns about air pollution. We were also surprised that enforcing recycling could be a vote winner: it’s something that would dramatically increase London’s shockingly low recycling rates, but councils have traditionally seen it as a vote loser. Perhaps recent publicity on plastics pollution has shifted people’s views.”
According to the survey, voters would also support action to ‘Green our streets with trees, flowers and planting’, to ‘Protect existing trees (halt tree felling)’ and to ‘Make our parks the best in the world.’

 

 

 

Number of

responses

% of total responses

1

Reduce traffic on our streets and backstreets

168

34.08%

 

 

2

Reduce and control litter

161

32.66%

 

3

Green our streets with trees, flowers and planting

156

31.64%

 

 

 

4

Protect existing trees (halt tree felling)

152

30.83%

 

5

Enforce recycling as a way of significantly reducing the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill

147

29.82%

 

6

Make our parks the best in the world

136

27.59%

 

7

Create a wildlife-friendly borough (e.g. wildflower planting, bee boxes and bird boxes)

126

25.56%

 

8

Promote renewable energy

87

17.65%

 

9

More pedestrianisation of streets

62

12.58%

 

10

Reduce light pollution

45

9.13%

 

11

Promote responsible dog ownership

39

7.91%

 

 

Other

119

24.14%

 

 

Total Respondents: 

493

 

 

ENDS

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

  1. CPRE London www.cprelondon.org.uk is a membership-based charity with 2,500 members around London, which campaigns to save Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and other green spaces within Greater London, and to make our capital city a better place to live for everyone.  We are a branch of the national environmental charity, the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
  2. The survey was carried out via www.surveymonkey.com and promoted via social media and direct mailing.
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