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How green is your parcel? Concerns over air pollution impact of home deliveries

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As we get more accustomed to home deliveries as the Covid pandemic eases, what are the impacts in terms of pollution?In north London, the community around Yerbury school is fighting the development of a 24/7 Ocado distribution depot.

Local residents’ concerns include noise and air pollution from the lorries that supply the warehouse and the vans that make local deliveries.For nearly four years, the street outside the primary school has been closed at pickup and drop-off times to reduce pupils’ exposure to air pollution.

By contrast the planned depot will be next to the school playground, only two metres from some of the classroom windows.Liam Frost, the deputy headteacher, said: “The 450 children at our school are obliged to come here each day and breathe the air, regardless of how clean it is.

Children deserve to know the adults in their lives are caring for them and their future.“The school street has showed the children how we can work together to improve the local environment, but this is totally undermined by the plans for the depot at the back of the building.”An Ocado spokesperson said: “Ocado is committed to having a positive impact on the local community.

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