After Bath and North East Somerset Council announced the planned clean air charging zones, parish councils are afraid this will only lead to extra traffic and pollution in their villages.
The charges include:
- £9 a day for diesel vehicles older than 3 years
- £9 a day for older fuel vehicles
- £100 a day for buses, coaches and HGVs more than 12 years old
Southwick, North Bradley, Hilperton and West Ashton parish councils have opposed the charges, because drivers can bypass the zones and pass through their communities.
Counsellor Horace Prickett of Southwick has asked the council to come together to present a strong opposition front.
He wrote a paper highlighting the routes that will be affected by the clean air charges soon, and explaining that creating charging zones will simply transfer the problem instead of solve it.
The affected routes include the A366 and A350.
The paper said, “The A366 crossroads at Wingfield are already at capacity and at Bradford on Avon, the B3109 entry to the town is a single lane with alternating traffic flows followed by a historic skew hump-backed bridge across the Kennet and Avon Canal.
“This route is already at capacity and would only transfer the Bath air problem to the centre of the town.”
Councillors will meet on Friday, 16th November by 5pm at the Laverton to discuss the paper and other effects of the clean air charges.
Members of the public are invited to join in the discussion.