Edinburgh Trams - Council Officials Conceal Figures for the Real Epidemic
The recent Legionella outbreak in the SW of Edinburgh has so far claimed two deaths and has been made front page news in the national press, radio and TV. What the public is not being told by Council officials is that during the same period, and excluding the two deaths mentioned, the recorded number of deaths, where the primary cause of death was registered as being from respiratory disease, totalled forty people.
This information was provided today by the Chief Registrar who is based at Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh in response to a freedom of information request.
One has to wonder why this information is not being picked up by the national media who gave such emphasis to the Legionella outbreak? The tragic thing is that this level of deaths, attributable to increased pollution, has not been identified by the Scottish Government, who should be looking at this statistic with real concern - and they should be doing something about it, not simply ignoring the facts because it is convenient to do so.
It is also known that admissions within the catchment areas of the Stockbridge and West End Medical Centres, that statistics for hospital admissions for respiratory disease increased by some 50% between 2009 and 2010, which was at the same time as a Temporary Traffic Order directed general traffic through the west end and the New Town.
At the time the Temporary Traffic Order was passed it was claimed that it would indeed be 'temporary', but again Council officials deceived the public and it has now been made permanent to the disgust of all those in these areas.
As the tram works creep forward, everyone on their route is finding that congestion increases and pollution increases. The inevitable result will be that the health effects will get worse and there will be many more deaths. One must ask again why is this being ignored? The Lothian Health Board should be worried but they appear to be disinterested.
The lessons should be clear to the new Edinburgh City Council - the tram works are now killing more residents due to the diversions of heavy traffic away from the previously accepted main traffic arteries. Somehow a solution must be found to allow the tram to share its road space with general traffic. If the schedule for the tram takes longer then so be it - better this than for the Council to have even more deaths on their conscience.