A group of Highland health professionals has warned planners not to squander a “once in a generation” opportunity to make town centres safer for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
It said there is a double incentive to retain some of the Spaces of People measures brought in during the pandemic to help both people’s health and the climate.
The group compares campaigning about the health and climate emergencies to past action by doctors who spoke out against smoking.
More than 130 GPs, nurses, pharmacists and others signed a letter circulated by Highland Healthcare Professionals for Climate Action to councillors.
It warns that removing infrastructure providing more space for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users after lockdown ends would be a “retrograde and short-sighted action”.
The group said as well as reducing carbon emissions, the benefits of getting people out of cars include reducing obesity, diabetes, and respiratory disease and improving mental…