British Waterways has been asked to examine reports from local residents that these two barges are polluting canalside homes with fumes from their generators. There’s a very diverse community who lives alongside the canal in Kings Cross – from expensive designer waterside flats through to 1950s social housing.
One resident said
‘It is a balmy spring evening, just right for having all our windows open to blow away the winter blues, but hold on a moment, what the hell is that stink wafting in, killing the hyacinth and jonquil perfume stone dead? Diesel fumes. I’ve just had to close all our windows. The stench has filled our home.’
Grateful to local people who raised this with me following our article on air pollution.