Elderly couple forced to ditch dream house move due to ‘horrendous’ car tax changes

Elderly couple forced to ditch dream house move due to ‘horrendous’ car tax changes

Laura and Alan Weston, who live on Rush Hill, said they have seen a major increase in traffic as heavy lorries use the tight residential road to avoid Clean Air Zone Fees. They said the changes have “really affected their lives” as it had turned away potential buyers.

She added: “I take my grandkids to school a couple days a week and it’s frightening.

“I do all I can, make sure I walk on the roadside but they thunder past you and they’ve only got to do is swerve and we’re in trouble.”

Rush Hill is located just a stone’s throw from where the Clean Air Zone starts at Wells Road.

Once here, taxis and private hire vehicles will be charged £9 per day to enter the city centre.

Vans, light goods vehicles and campervans are also charged a £9 fee but private cars are exempt.

Lorries and heavy goods vehicles are charged a massive £100 to use the city streets.

However, a quick look on Google Maps shows Rush Hill was not built for lorries with houses on either side of the street and a host of blind corners.

It is clear the wider A36 and the Lower Bristol Road is built for larger vehicles but this is located inside the charging zone.

Neighbour Chris, who lives on nearby Whiteway Road, said he struggles to get his disabled wife into the car due to the increased traffic.

He said he has even written to the council with his concerns but said he has not received a reply.

Speaking to Somerset Live, he said: “I’ve lost my wing mirror three times already this year.

“I try to get my wheelchair-bound wife into the car, but it is very hard with all the traffic.

“I’ve reached out to the councillors but haven’t had anything back.

“I’ve said for years that it needs to be a 20mph zone here and the speed camera needs to actually work because we’ve been told it’s not worked for years.”

Councillor Kevin Guy, leader of Bath and North East Somerset COuncils said they were monitoring the situation with findings to be made public by September.

He added: ​​”We take seriously the concerns expressed about increased traffic on roads that are lying outside of the Bath Clean Air Zone (CAZ) boundary.

“A perception of more HGV’s and vans using these roads could be because of the CAZ, but we need to remind people that nationally, there are now more HGV’s and vans on our roads than ever before due to the increased use of home deliveries.

“It is not our intention to make surrounding roads more dangerous or polluted.”

Published at Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:03:00 +0000