'Bristol Res' Blog • 14 June 2019
Bristol City Council are considering radical new plans which could ban diesel vehicles from entering the city centre between the hours of 7am and 3pm.
Having already missed two government deadlines for providing details of how it plans to tackle emissions the council is in desperate need of a strategy to improve the city’s air pollution levels.
In response the council has come up with two potential options.
Option 1 suggests implementing an emissions charging zone for all but private motorists. It also suggests improving Bristol’s bus and taxi fleets to meet Euro 6 regulations, providing diversions for bus and taxi routes in the city’s most polluted areas and issuing a targeted diesel ban for the highway which runs past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Children’s Hospital
A charging scheme for non-compliant buses, taxis and HGVs is also included in the Option 1 proposal, along with the construction of a new bus lane on the M32 and a local scrappage scheme grant for drivers of older, non-compliant vehicles.
Option 2 proposes banning diesel cars from entering a “specific central area” of the city between the hours of 7am and 3pm. It also suggests banning HGVs from using specific, highly polluted routes, providing bus priority measures and either replacing or upgrading all non-compliant buses and taxis to meet Euro emissions regulations.
Bristol City Council will launch a six-week public consultation programme from 1 July, giving residents the chance to voice their opinion on the proposal. Following the consultation, the public’s preferred option will be presented to the Cabinet in September.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “These options will allow us to meet Government air quality improvement targets, but we must and will do more to improve the air quality in our city for all citizens. I look forward to sharing a wider environmental plan soon, where we will commit to working in partnership with city partners for the benefit of all.”
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The flag ship Bristol restaurant, which is situated within the redevelopment of The General, has been named as the 19th best in the country.
Casamia rose 8 places this year in the National Restaurant Awards which were announced this week.
The judges called it “one of the country’s most exciting restaurants”, praising its “modern yet ingredient-focused and naturalistic food”.
To view the full list of restaurants honoured by the National Restaurant Awards here.
In further good news for the Bristol food scene two other restaurants in the city were honorred by OpenTable, a popular restaurant booking service, which has announced its 2019 Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants in the UK.
The rankings in the Fit for Foodies review category – reflects more than 851,000 reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners at over 7,600 restaurants. Bristol was the only city to have two restaurants in the top 10.
For a full list of the OpenTable awards please click here.
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