Bristol City Council has announced a series of consultations on their plans to minimise air pollution in the city and the times, dates and locations of the sessions are listed below. The BAR is critical of Clean Air Zones in their current form, but if (as seems likely) local authorities are to go ahead with them, then it is necessary that our Members (and particularly those sited in and around the affected areas) to learn as much as possible about the intended zones beforehand, to allow time to prepare for any potential impact on their businesses. The Council has devised two options which it will be putting forward in those consultation meetings, after the government ordered Bristol to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the city and bring them in line with EU air quality targets and those options are;
A Clean Air Zone is the first option being put forward by Bristol City Council. This would mean that HGVs, buses and coaches would have to pay £100 each day to enter the zone. Private cars would not be charged, and taxis and light goods vehicles would be charged £9 a day to enter.
Weight restrictions would keep HGVs out of areas identified as the most polluted, and a diesel car ban would be in effect on both Upper Maudlin Street and Park Row, from the St James Barton roundabout to Park Street between 7am and 3pm, seven days a week. Bristol City Council have said that they will offer diesel drivers £2,000 as part of a scrappage scheme to give up their vehicle.
The second option put forward is a ban on all diesel cars in a smaller central area of the city, between 7am and 3am. This ban would exclude taxis or private hire vehicles.
Consultation sessions where the public will have the opportunity to discuss the options in more detail are scheduled as follows:
- Thursday 11 July, 2.30pm-7.30pm
Barton Hill Settlement
43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX
- Monday 15 July, 3.30pm-7.30pm
Easton Leisure Centre
Thrissell St, Easton, BS5 0SW
- Monday 22 July, 2.30pm-7.30pm
Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, BS8 4ND
- Wednesday 24 July, 2.30pm-7.30pm
Marksbury Road Library
Marksbury Road, Bedminster, BS3 5LG
- Tuesday 30 July, 2.30pm-7.30pm
Malcolm X Community Centre
141 City Road, St Pauls, BS2 8YH
- Tuesday 6 August, 2.30pm-6.30pm
City Hall (Vestibule)
Just off Park Street towards main entrance
Ian Studd, the Director General, will be attending at least one of those meetings to highlight our concerns and the potential impacts of such policies to our industry, but we would also strongly encourage Members to participate directly in those consultation meetings (and of course those that may be taking place in other urban centres) wherever and whenever possible.