Residents of Oldfield Park disappointed that Bear Flat RPZ likely to be approved
18th February 2019
MOCA (Moorland and Oldfield residents for Clean Air) are disappointed that Bath and North East Somerset Council look likely to approve the introduction of a new Residents Parking Zone (RPZ) across Bear Flat and Bloomfield Avenue. It is irresponsible to go-ahead with a costly scheme that will inevitably have a negative impact on surrounding areas, whilst the plans for the council’sproposed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) are still being decided, with its impacts unknown.
Oldfield Park will bear the brunt of displaced vehicles from the new RPZ, with many more commuters inevitably circling looking for new parking spaces. This will increase pollution in local streets and reduce road safety as more cars try to cram into the area. Oldfield Park is already full, with many commuters already parking daily in local streets to avoid the costs of parking in the city centre, and these additional vehicles cannot be accommodated. The council needs to review their proposed plans for both the new RPZ and the CAZ and create an integrated approach that benefits all residents, not just the few.
“Additional traffic creates additional pollution and accessibility issues for our neighbours,“ said Tim McCombe, representative of MOCA. “We had asked the council for a delay in the implementation of the Bear Flat RPZ until the plans for the CAZ had been fully agreed, and its impacts understood. Weare surprised that the request for this short delay has been ignored.” McCombe added; “Thegovernment has offered to pay for new RPZs as part of the implementation of the CAZ, so why is thecouncil so insistent to go ahead with a new RPZ that only covers one area of the city?”
The combination of a new RPZ covering Bear Flat and the CAZ as currently proposed are a double whammy for Oldfield Park. To mitigate the effects of them, MOCA wishes to see the current proposed boundary of the CAZ extended to cover potential rat-runs through the Oldfield Park area, combined with new RPZs around the fringes of the proposed zone to discourage through traffic and day-parking commuters. These changes could dramatically reduce traffic on local residential streets, making them safer for all.
MOCA believes it is far more logical and fairer to all for the council to consider the needs of Bath residents as a whole and adopt a holistic approach to the CAZ and new RPZs, rather than the piecemeal fashion in which they are currently being delivered.
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The Council proposes to send 200 more cars a day to try and find parking places in our neighbourhood. This is ahead of the proposed clean air zone and the additional pressures this will bring, and the terrible pressures we have already.
We think these proposals should be delayed, at least until the CAZ and supporting measures ae resolved. If you agree all you need to do is email the Council using the email address:
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Cllr Goodman: CAZ driven by legal challenges and Government direction to address air quality. Monitoring of NO2 shows levels exceeding 40 at some locations. The objective is to reduce these to less than 40. CAZ scheme needs to be in place by 2021.
Cars may be removed from charging. There are some exemptions proposed for essential workers on low pay.
Liberal Democrat: There will be adverse side effects somewhere. There are pressures to increase the size of the zone. Parking pressures outside the edge of the zone will increase. Public transport is deficient.
Questions and points from the community
- Tackle the problems in the network that cause congestion e.g. location of bus stops and traffic lights
- Re-engine buses with hydrogen rather than diesel
- Make the time period for charging 9am to 6pm
- Make the buses free.They are too poor quality and expensive
- CAZ will make Junction Rd, Bellots Road and Brook Road into worse rat runs
- The CAZ will just move pollution from one area to another
- There will be government support for residents parking zones as part of the CAZ
- Innovation is needed in school transport strategies
- Why isn’t the whole of the city a CAZ – Government asks them to be as small as possible
- Changes after introduction of the CAZ – it took 2 years to change the congestion charge area in London
- NO2 will increase by 1 or 2 points at monitors outside the CAZ
- Reduce rather than increase car parking in the central area
- The Metro West project from west of Bristol to Westbury through Bath will alleviate a lot of pollution/congestion
- Need to improve walking strategy so it is safer and more attractive
- Why not charge all vehicles entering the CAZ area to better combat congestion
- Could there be a one-way system for the Avenues?
- City needs an integrated transport plan – CAZ has too narrow a focus
- Re-classify Junction Road so that Sat Navs do not direct traffic like HGVs along it
- HGVs are very dangerous along Junction Road
- Council to provide NO2 data
- Morland Rd monitor at 19 (but not full year) Lower Oldfield Park/Brougham Hayes exceeded 30
- Can there be specific measures to deter students from bringing cars to the City
- Joined up thinking needed re: air quality and congestion
The Meeting (19 November 2018) was attended by over 100 local residents; an extraordinary turnout given the short notice available, reflecting a high level of local concern.
Suggestions & questions from residents
No one present criticised the CAZ policy in principle (to reduce the impact of vehicle emissions that are damaging health, particularly that of children and the aged) but many said its application meant exporting the ill health impacts of poor air quality to the densely populated Oldfield Park and other areas outside the proposed Zone. In addition, it will exacerbate the pressure on local road use, increasing congestion and danger. It was also expected that the CAZ would result in more intense ‘rat-run’ road use, as described in the MOCA flyer, creating additional access issues to local services.
The panel’s Council Cabinet Members (Cllrs. Tim Warren & Bob Goodman) said that a very large number of people had already responded to the Consultation (approx 6,000 ) and emphasised that people should respond to the consultation individually and be specific the changes they wish to see (eg identify roads they wish to include).
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Proposed changes to Bear Flat will add an estimated 200 parked cars per day to Oldfield and Moorland residential streets.
The proposed Clean Air Zone will also force traffic away from Wellsway and Lower Bristol Road systems, making our neighbourhood the likely primary route to get South ↔ West.
WHATEVER YOUR VIEWS ON RESIDENT PARKING – THIS WILL AFFECT YOU
Residents are meeting Council members to discuss the B&NES Clean Air Zone proposals and what this could mean for our streets, our health and our safety.
Please join us.
St Bart’s Church hall
Council members attending include:
Tim Warren (Council Leader)
Bob Goodman (Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods)
Richard Samuel (Walcot ward)
Dine Romero (Southdown ward)
The Meeting will be chaired by Oldfield ward Councillors Will Sandry and Shaun Stephenson-McGall
Download meeting flyer