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The Beacon putting Hemel Hempstead in the World spotlight

What will inward investment provide for Dacorum?

The world looks to them as Beacons of excellence. The companies behind these
buildings enhance their brand value. The Beacon stands above ALL of these buildings. The Beacon is the World’s Most Energy Sustainable Multiple Dwelling Building.
Emissions from burning carbon fuel KILL and cause climate change. The Beacon will therefore save lives and will be located in Hemel Hempstead.

What will that do to inward investment for Dacorum Borough Council?
Will the town and residents be proud to host a building that will show the World, that Britain is Great Again? The Beacon, a landmark building for Hemel Hempstead and Dacorum Borough Council.

40,000 People die prematurely in the UK because of emissions due to air pollution

Emissions directly kill 15,600 people this is equivalent to three times the number of soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

BBC News and The New Scientist reported that 40,000 UK people die prematurely due to emissions from burning carbon fuel. Buildings contribute 39% towards total emissions produced. Hence building emissions directly kill 15,600 people or three times the number of soldiers who died in Afghanistan. These soldiers had some defense, yet victims of emissions simply have no choice. Imagine, if you will, knowing that through our inaction, we hurt those we love. Can you sleep with that thought? Can you look at your family and say you tried your best?

Roads, parking and infrastructure

The rate of car ownership has grown steadily and in a linear fashion.

Despite successive policies over 40 years, the World has FAILED to uncouple the love affair humanity has with the car. The rate of car ownership has grown steadily and in a linear fashion. Local authorities have tried forcing developments with no parking on the basis that this will force people not to own cars. Instead people have simply parked on side roads and caused traffic to slow, which in turn has increased emissions, which kill and increase climate change.

It is therefore logical that where we have a limited supply of land ( i.e. on an island such as the UK), the best place to put cars is underground. Cars are better protected underground or in a garage. If they are off the side roads, traffic flows better.
With the exception of London, basement car parks are not developed. Why? The flawed assumption is that they cost too much. This is simply not true. Hence,
The Beacon has 313 car parking spaces underground. This is a greater capacity than the Watergarden Upper Deck Car park in the town center in a quarter of the space. People can own cars and park them underground and keep them off the street, or people can share the electric cars and bikes offered by The Beacon.

Infrastructure

It is a truism that investment follows demand. Local and National Government invest in schools, roads and health centers after capacity of existing services have been exceeded. Whilst it is hugely upsetting to see developments where there is seemingly no capacity in infrastructure, it is also true that without development, infrastructure will not grow. Funding for infrastructure development comes from developers. The latest tax on developers over and above corporation tax is the Community Infrastructure Levy which is a formula which calculates the contribution the developer has to makes to the Community Infrastructure.
Developers also provide contribution towards social housing. Without development, funding for infrastructure and social housing would be greatly diminished.
Add to this that local authorities revenue is raised from council tax and business rates and it follows that the quality of all residents lives are improved with sustainable ethical development. Notwithstanding the social and moral imperative that we need to house 26 million people within 84 years and provides places for these people to work, teach, play and be cared for.

“The Beacon is contributing £5m to Dacorum Borough Council in terms of social housing and Community Infrastructure Levy fees. “

7 Million people die prematurely from air pollution each year

Source: World Health Organisation, 2014, Geneva

The fragile atmosphere is being treated as a public sewer system from man made air pollution. Emissions from diesel & petrol engines along with carbon emissions from power stations to heat homes & offices in old inefficient buildings contribute the bulk of the air pollution that results in 7 million premature deaths annually worldwide.
A generation breathing in fossil fuel emissions, which kill. The World Health Organisation in 2014 estimated 7 million people a year are killed through pollution caused by emissions from cars and buildings. Imagine a generation with less nature, less animals on land and sea, less opportunities and less hope for the future.

Solutions are available right now such as sustainable buildings which produce reduced or zero emissions. Power and heat to buildings are responsible for 39% of all emissions. Producing less emission or zero emission buildings is easy and cost effective but developers choose not to focus on this as the public does not recognise it as a priority.
If it is important to the public, it will be important to developers, Local and National Government. Helping people can be more than putting money in a charity box. As local decision makers, your voice matters, don’t be silent. If you want to stop unnecessary deaths then let’s talk about how to reduce emissions. It makes no sense how we can ignore 7 million avoidable deaths.