Response from New Town and Broughton Community Council to proposed Low Emission Zone Scheme for Edinburgh.

Executive Summary

Having considered the information provided in support of the final scheme and in particular the Council’s responses to the comments submitted by the various stakeholders, while the New Town and Broughton Community Council continues to support the principle of introducing a Low Emission Zone, we can no longer support the current proposals due to their adverse impact on residents.

Given that none of the issues that we highlighted in our previous consultation response submitted in September 2021 have been addressed to our satisfaction, we wish to largely resubmit those comments but also highlight our concerns about the consultation process.

Despite clear reasons for change, there is no evidence that the City of Edinburgh Council has seriously considered any of the issues that we (and others) raised about the current plans. Some of the issues (lack of effective enforcement) were completely ignored and others (displacement of traffic into predominantly residential areas) are dismissed on the basis that it is too difficult to make changes to the current arrangements.

This approach is contrary to the Scottish Government’s efforts to encourage community empowerment and their intent to introduce meaningful changes to reduce atmospheric emissions from traffic in Scotland’s four major cities.

We therefore object to the current scheme for the reasons set out below.

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