Zone poses real risk to businesses’ future
PLEASE can someone explain to me why Bath is proposing a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year congestion zone? Even London only has a Monday to Friday 7am until 6pm one.
Is the pollution in Bath really worse than London? I thought a congestion zone was meant to be used to cut down congestion and thus pollution but Bath seems to be wanting to set one up and charge even at times when there will be no congestion, which seems extremely unfair and short-sighted.
I have a student daughter who has a small part-time job in Bath, which often means she has a 6am start or 11pm finish. We live in a village outside Bath with no buses and the public transport that is available from the outskirts of Bath is not frequent or reliable enough, meaning she has no alternative but to drive in.
The congestion charge would make her job unviable so she would probably end up looking for one outside of the city instead. There will be many others in similar circumstances and I can envisage shortages of staff for many employers in Bath as well as a decrease in foot flow from reduced visitor numbers.
The 24-hours-a-day decision will impact not only on Bath businesses at peak times but will also stop people like me entering the city in the evening for visits to the theatre, cinema, meals out etc.
Unfortunately I think there is a real risk of some Bath businesses going under and Bath becoming a bit of a ghost town. On a very cynical note, perhaps Bath council needs more empty properties in the centre that can be converted into student accommodation and sees this as a way of freeing up buildings. Mrs Baldwin