Release Date: 23 February 2018
The Mayor of London is currently consulting on formal proposals for the future of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and Richmond’s residents are being urged to have their say before the deadline.
The proposed expanded ULEZ would cover the North and South Circular, splitting the town centre of East Sheen in half. This has the potential to impact local residents and businesses in that part of the borough.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:
“As a Council we strongly support measures to improve air quality in this borough and across London. We have worked closely with the community to encourage the use of more sustainable travel and will shortly be introducing an Air Quality Action Plan for tackling air pollution in Richmond upon Thames.
“However, there are genuine concerns the proposed ULEZ does not address areas in the borough that suffer from the highest pollution levels, such as Richmond and Twickenham Town Centres, whilst simultaneously penalising residents who use Townmead amenity site and potentially increasing the potential for fly tipping.
“We are also genuinely concerned about the safety risk associated with congestion caused by displaced traffic trying to avoid the boundaries of the ULEZ. To consider the impact of traffic displacement, the Council would like detailed analysis and modelling of traffic to take place, and assurances that we are not simply relocating, contributing or creating future problems.
“The Council opposes the proposed North /South Circular boundary and urges the Mayor to extend the ULEZ to cover all London boroughs.
“Whilst we applaud the Mayor’s efforts to improve air quality in London, we do feel more needs to be done to research the impact of these proposals on the borough and urge anyone who wants to have their say to do so before the deadline.”
The consultation closes on 28 February 2018.
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Updated: 2 March 2018