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CRT in middle of smoke row between London boaters and local residents hackneygazette.co.uk

Boater Matthew Nicholls is robustly defending a claim that smoke from barges on the River Lea is getting up neighbours’ noses. “It’s no good persecuting us because we are trying to live on our boats. Why don’t you go out on the streets and persecute all the diesel trucks?” Erika Jones says she expected such a response, which is she’s got in touch with the Canal and River Trust and Hackney Council’s pollution team. Her complaint is about the fumes wafting into her flat in Watermint Quay, Stamford Hill, from the vessels moored outside.... click for full story