Members received a
brief introduction from officers setting out the current position
in relation to the Clean Air Zone for Bristol, following which they
asked for additional details in a number of areas. The discussion was as follows;
- The implementation of
the CAZ would lead to improvements in air quality overall, but
additional specific measures, such as bus gates at Cumberland Road
and on Park Street, were needed to ensure the requirements around
compliance were met.
- The ‘background
levels’ of air pollution would improve across the whole city
following the implementation of the CAZ. However, in a few areas, the pollution levels may
slightly worsen (although not exceed the legal limit), and the
affected places would be kept under close review.
- £42m of
investment would be made to support the implementation of the CAZ
e.g., to fund vehicle upgrades, make adjustments
to roads, and implement
new bus ticketing arrangements. It was
agreed that full details of the breakdown of funding, including any
monies ring fenced for local residents, would be provided following
estimate for income in relation to the CAZ (from charges) was
£18m over the first three years, which would reduce over
- The Government were
providing financial support to the Council for schemes directly
related to the implementation of the CAZ. Should the government’s position change and
more funding be provided then the Council could look at additional
measures. However, a number of
complimentary projects to improve sustainable travel in the city
using other funding sources were also being
- The West of England
Combined Authority had submitted their Bus Service Improvement Plan
at the end of October 21 from which they were hoping to secure
additional funding for upgrades across the region.
- A scheme to assist
(primarily) residents earning less than £27,000 per annum
would be in place to help with the purchase of replacement
vehicles. Around £2,000 would be
available as a grant, and £5,000 via a no interest
loan. Residents would need to
demonstrate that they were travelling into the zone to
- It was estimated that
around 70% of vehicles would be compliant with the CAZ requirements
at the time of implementation. Of the
remaining 30%, some people would look to replace their vehicles
(potentially using the grants/loans available) and others would
change their behaviour.
exemption for residents from the CAZ requirements had been agreed
with the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), so charges wouldn’t
be made until 2023.
- JAQU had a list of
other authorised exemptions from the scheme e.g. blue badge holders and blue light vehicles.
Several exemptions had also been agreed with all the hospitals in
the CAZ to ensure patients and visitors were not charged, which
would be managed by each facility. Most other exemptions were local
arrangements and therefore likely to be temporary (until December
situation regarding hybrid vehicles had been considered and full
details could be provided to Members following the
- When motorway closures
were in place, the CAZ restrictions would be lifted. Hauliers would hopefully plan alternative
routes where necessary.
would be in place at appropriate places to prevent issues, for
example turning HGVs.
Consideration was being
given to ways to improve links between north and south Bristol, and
additional funding was being sought for a support
Valley Road was a wide gorge and therefore any additional pollution
from non-compliant vehicles using the route would disperse
would be managed using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras
and be overseen by the Council’s traffic teams.
suggestion to involve residents in shaping amendments and
mitigations to the scheme, potentially using the generated income,
was noted. It was agreed that a further
discussion could take place at the Overview and Scrutiny Management
Board once the scheme was operational and evidence on potential
impacts had been gathered.
mitigations could be considered, it was important to note that JAQU
had instructed the Council to proceed with the scheme as set
Full Business Case for the Clean Air Zone would be published
alongside the papers for the Cabinet meeting on 14th
Officers were thanked for their comprehensive
response to queries from Members.
The Board agreed that a statement setting out
their comments would be provided to the Cabinet meeting on
14th December 21 stating that;
At their meeting on 18th November
21, the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board received an update
on plans for the implementation of a Clean Air Zone for
Bristol. Members were broadly
supportive of the scheme, however, requested that the Cabinet take
the following points into consideration;
Members were concerned about the potential for displacement of
air quality issues into the areas immediately adjacent to the Clean
Air Zone. Whilst assurances had been
provided that the affected parts of the city would be kept under
close review, Members asked that this work be prioritised and that
updates be provided to the Board in due course.
The approach to enforcement was of interest to the Board and
Members were keen to ensure that the arrangements worked well, and
issues were swiftly resolved.
It was positive to hear that several exemptions were planned as
part of the Clean Air Zone, particularly in relation to patients
and visitors to the hospitals. However,
as some of these were temporary (due to expire in December 2022)
Members agreed that additional consideration should be given to the
impact of the scheme on residents. This
was particularly the case for those on low incomes with
work/caring/family commitments requiring them to frequently enter
the CAZ (or move between the north and south of the
Some details had been provided in relation to the funding
arrangements for the CAZ, but Members requested additional
information setting out how much was available and from which
sources. Final details of the support
package for residents should also be available as soon as possible
to help those considering vehicle replacements to make informed
The positive net health benefits of the CAZ were important and
should be communicated to residents more
Members heard that several improvements were planned in relation
to sustainable transport to complement the implementation of the
Clean Air Zone, which were welcomed.
Full details in relation to changes to road lay outs e.g.,
Cumberland Road and Park Street were requested as soon as
Some of the finer details of the scheme were not yet available
and Members requested that information on those areas be provided
at the earliest opportunity.
Members were interested in the process for developing
mitigations arising from the CAZ and requested that they be
involved in shaping future amendments.
RESOLVED; that a
statement of comments from the Board in relation to the Clean Air
Zone be referred for consideration by the Cabinet at the meeting on
14th December 21.