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[Image taken 10.7.22] Rowntree Park, York, [NOTE: No street view at this location.] There was an ice cream van at the other entrance when we arrived. (Or possibly the same one.) That one as this had its engine running. Air pollution. This one was very loud (noise pollution). The noise was in complete contrast to the quiet of the traffic-free park, Terry Avenue (access route), and the River Ouse a few metres to the right of the camera position. York declared a climate emergency in 2019, we’ve all experienced two years of covid and, you would think, have learned the importance of a healthy respiratory system. Plus, now Terry Avenue is open again it can be used as a to/through route or a destination in its own right for residents and visitors including those who are vulnerable – see: #184488. The van was also substantially obstructing the gates – it was too close for comfort for people on cycles and blocked any sight lines… Ice cream is not a food. It is not a necessity. Two Hoots ice cream boat (see: #167763) was operating on the other side of the river. It does not run an engine while stationary. It uses solar panels and other technology that is cooled overnight to keep the ice cream cold during the day. Staff manually scoop out the products unlike the vans which use motor-driver dispensers. It beggars belief diesel vehicles are still permitted particularly in parks and already polluted locations... #183651

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