In a recent letter I referred to letters from Greenpeace and the Green Party saying that I was not surprised to see them rushing to support the current transport policies of the city council.

It seems, from his recent letter, that I need to point out to Mr.T.K.Tew that I did not state that he is a member of either of these organisations nor did I make any reference to him and had not reached any conclusion on that issue.

Mr.Tew also, wrongly, seems to believe that my main reason for criticising the city council's policies was to support representations by the main opposition party on the council.

I have no affiliation to either of the two main political parties, or the one which usually limps along in third place, and regard myself as a floating voter who has not the slightest interest in endorsing or indeed condemning comments from that source.

Mr.Tew also asks if I would recommend that the city council ignore all policies from central government.

The answer is very simple. Most legislation is mandatory and there is, therefore, a legal requirement for the city to implement but some policies are permissive and the city council would be failing in its duty as a local government authority if it didn't consider carefully whether the policy (whatever it may be) should be implemented by the city.

My several letters since the introduction of cycle lanes had, I thought, clearly set out the reasons for my objections particularly to the Bassett Avenue situation which was allowed to run on for months causing high levels of congestion and pollution, but not resulting in any significant increase in cycling, before being abandoned recently.

Mr.Tew is concerned about the future for his grandchildren. I too have grandchildren and share his concern, but China burns more coal than the rest of the world put together and India burns over 11% (the whole of the UK is not in the top twenty and burns just a half of 1%). Rain Forests are being cleared and burned at a rate of 80 hectares every day the burning accounting for 55% of the world's green house gas emissions.

A few cycle and bus lanes in Southampton (or even a pandemic of lanes over the whole of the UK) are not going to even scratch the surface of these problems.

The Government and the CBI are stating that the absence of consumers is catastrophic for city centre businesses so it seems all the more remarkable that the city council is doing all in its power to drive away visitors to the city, and indeed shoppers and workers from within its boundaries, most of whom travel by car and cannot convert to other modes of transport.

Following initiatives by ABP CO2 emissions from the port are now (before lock down) well within accepted levels, commuting traffic is decreasing significantly and continuous progress in vehicle technology is making vehicles far less polluting as we move forward yet we have a city council which seems to ignore these elements and listen only to the green pressure groups.

Cycling is only one of many ways to stay fit and if necessary lose weight.

Southampton is not typical of many cities. It needs a flowing vehicular traffic system not the removal of road surfaces for limited uses.

The cruise industry will resume in due course and there will be a significant number of days where around 20,000 people will be entering the city and another 20,000 leaving on the same day, most travelling by private vehicles. Add to that journeys by supply and service vehicles and 30,000 at St.Mary's stadium and gridlock seems inevitable.

We cannot allow the sacrifice of economic reality and common sense on a green alter.

Patrick McClure

Southampton