CAZ: Toxic tri­an­gle miss­ing from zone

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

I live in the toxic tri­an­gle be­tween Bath­wick Street and St. John’s Road, so imag­ine my de­light at the prospect of a Bath clean air zone. And imag­ine my dis­be­lief on find­ing that the cur­rent pro­posal does not in­clude ei­ther of those roads which are so of­ten full of queue­ing, pol­lut­ing traf­fic. Peo­ple without com­pli­ant cars, of­ten the less well off, who live in Bath­wick will suf­fer a dou­ble whammy: un­able to leave via the Lon­don Road or A36 without pay­ing to cross the zone yet ex­pe­ri­enc­ing none of the ben­e­fits of the cleaner air pol­icy. In­deed the cur­rent pro­posal would make a bad sit­u­a­tion worse: it leaves Bath­wick as an un­ex­plained bite out of the zone, mean­ing that it will be­come the area of choice for those try­ing to es­cape from the zone charges or cruis­ing round hop­ing to park near the cen­tre without en­ter­ing the zone – a killing zone for those who live there. Apart from the as­sump­tion that there will be fewer lor­ries on the A36, the coun­cil has yet to of­fer a ra­tio­nale for ex­clud­ing Bath­wick from the zone while in­clud­ing less vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas such as the parks near the Royal Cres­cent. We should not be re­liant on the con­sul­ta­tion to con­firm that the right de­ci­sion would have been to of­fer the promised sup­port to the peo­ple and busi­nesses most af­fected and to in­clude the whole of the bowl of Bath in the zone. Michael Jones Bath­wick, Bath

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