CAZ 1 Reaction to BCC Clean Air Zone plans From The Bishopston Society’s Clean Air Bishopston team 12th November 2019

Summary: We are pleased a CAZ policy has finally been produced. But we’re concerned that it is not going to be effective enough if it doesn't consider the wider problems of needing to seriously reduce traffic levels, deal with parking problems and improve public transport and safe cycling facilities.


More details:

  1. We're pleased that the Mayor has come up with a stronger scheme than the options that were originally proposed.
  2. Although the diesel ban begins some way from Bishopston, we hope that it will have a positive impact on some of our most polluted local roads, including Gloucester Road, Ashley Down Road and Muller Road.
  3. Some parts of Bishopston are within the charging clean air zone, other parts are just outside of it. We're concerned about the air pollution and traffic impact on areas on the fringes. Air pollution in some areas are expected to get worse [1]. We'll be asking the council to increase pollution monitoring in these areas.
  4. Some people will be inconvenienced by the clean air plans but this must be seen in the context of 300 people in Bristol who die prematurely each year and countless thousands of others who suffer ill health through their lifetimes.
  5. We hope that businesses inside the charging zone including those on Gloucester Road will make changes where they can rather than just paying the charges and continuing to use older polluting vehicles. We're expecting the council to support them to use freight consolidation and cycle deliveries, as well as a scrappage scheme to help with the cost of changing older vehicles. We applaud the many local businesses who have long been working hard to reduce their air pollution and climate change impact and we encourage local residents to support them by shopping and going out locally.
  6. We're pleased that First Bus have plans in place to radically reduce the air pollution from their bus fleet [2]. We encourage people to leave their cars at home more often and to use public transport when walking or cycling isn't an option for them. 
  7. We recognise that this scheme if successful will reduce just one pollutant (nitrogen dioxide) to just below legal levels in the city. We think that the council must go further to tackle the whole air pollution problem.
  8. We're disappointed that this plan does very little to deal with the related problems of climate change, road congestion, parking and poor public transport - we'd have favoured the council taking a joined-up approach on all of these issues. We’d like the CAZ to be part of a wider strategy for dealing with pollution that would include car free areas around primary schools, cheaper public transport and improved walkability and cycling infrastructure.
  9. We're concerned that Bristol Council has taken years to come up with this plan but then rushed it out with poor documentation and many unanswered questions. We're looking forward to the more detailed plan due in February 2020.
  10. We'd like the council to publish a roadmap of the future measures that they will take to reduce air pollution further so that vehicle owners, woodburner owners and others affected have plenty of time to adjust.


    [1] BCC Economic case document can be seen here Figure 3.4 shows areas where pollution is expected to get worse with the CAZ, the map isn't particularly clear but it appears to include Muller Road (all of the 6 locations modelled along the length of the road), Gloucester Road (near the Ashley Down Road junction) and Coldharbour Road.

    [2] Another funding boost puts Bristol and Bath buses on time for a clean fleet by 2020. See here

    For clarification or further information please contact Gavin Spittlehouse ​ or 07976 238591