Have your say on expanding the diesel parking surcharge across the city

Air pollution is our residents’ number one concern. It is clear that polluted air is not just an environmental issue, it’s a public health emergency that affects all of us.

The Council is committed to improving the air that we all breathe in the City and one way to do this is to discourage the most polluting vehicles from coming to the city in the first place. Alongside the Mayor, and other central London boroughs, we are working together to encourage people not to drive into central London in order to improve the air we breathe and reduce congestion, making the city a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.

We have been trialling a diesel parking surcharge for the past twelve months in parking zone F, largely comprising Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

The scheme has been very successful, reducing the amount of older (pre-2015) diesel vehicles parking in the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood by 16% without any obvious displacement to nearby parking zones.

We hope that this is encouraging people not to drive into Westminster and instead use the multitude of public transport, or car club options that exist.

The Council ran the pilot to test its effectiveness before rolling it out to the whole city. Because the pilot has been successful, we now wish to offer all communities the opportunity to also reduce the amount of older (pre-2015) diesel vehicles which park locally and contribute to local pollution levels.

However, we understand that we have very distinct communities and as such we wish to consult with you to ensure that we are aware of any localised issues which may affect this proposal. We now wish to consult widely on this expansion to ensure we have taken into consideration all aspects. We would ask you to please take the time to feedback your thoughts to us to enable us to make the best decision on behalf of all our residents, workers and visitors. The consultation will run from 18th July to 12th September.

We also wish to explore with you some options around how we do this through four questions below. We are also keen to hear your views on how we should spend the surcharge – in particular we wish to create a Schools’ Clean Air Fund with the surcharge funds. Please do let us know what you think.

Finally, we are also updating our air quality strategy and action plan in 2018 – if you would like to get involved or be kept updated on air quality issues that affect you locally, please let us know.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Tim Mitchell

Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Air pollution is our residents’ number one concern. It is clear that polluted air is not just an environmental issue, it’s a public health emergency that affects all of us.

The Council is committed to improving the air that we all breathe in the City and one way to do this is to discourage the most polluting vehicles from coming to the city in the first place. Alongside the Mayor, and other central London boroughs, we are working together to encourage people not to drive into central London in order to improve the air we breathe and reduce congestion, making the city a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.

We have been trialling a diesel parking surcharge for the past twelve months in parking zone F, largely comprising Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

The scheme has been very successful, reducing the amount of older (pre-2015) diesel vehicles parking in the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood by 16% without any obvious displacement to nearby parking zones.

We hope that this is encouraging people not to drive into Westminster and instead use the multitude of public transport, or car club options that exist.

The Council ran the pilot to test its effectiveness before rolling it out to the whole city. Because the pilot has been successful, we now wish to offer all communities the opportunity to also reduce the amount of older (pre-2015) diesel vehicles which park locally and contribute to local pollution levels.

However, we understand that we have very distinct communities and as such we wish to consult with you to ensure that we are aware of any localised issues which may affect this proposal. We now wish to consult widely on this expansion to ensure we have taken into consideration all aspects. We would ask you to please take the time to feedback your thoughts to us to enable us to make the best decision on behalf of all our residents, workers and visitors. The consultation will run from 18th July to 12th September.

We also wish to explore with you some options around how we do this through four questions below. We are also keen to hear your views on how we should spend the surcharge – in particular we wish to create a Schools’ Clean Air Fund with the surcharge funds. Please do let us know what you think.

Finally, we are also updating our air quality strategy and action plan in 2018 – if you would like to get involved or be kept updated on air quality issues that affect you locally, please let us know.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Tim Mitchell

Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

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