The engine of the icecream van in Southwark Park, in Bermondsey, has been belching out toxic fumes all throughout the summer.
The van has been emitting fumes for hours on end, very close to an outdoor café, which is popular with young children and families and is right by a children’s playground.
The air is so thick that some café users complained to me of headaches, breathing problems and a ‘bitter taste’ in the mouth. Experts say that toxic black carbon is particularly bad for babies (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4503306/Britain-s-ageing-ice-cream-vans-belching-pollution.html).
The Park is owned by Southwark Council, which is Labour-run. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is keen to reduce fumes in London.
Southwark Park, is a lovely park, but it is such a shame that the air round part of area is so bad.
The icecream van should be moved to a more suitable location.
Watch this space for Updates on the situation.