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Polluting cars could be charged to enter Bristol

Council leaders are set to approve plans which could lead to charging polluting vehicles to enter Bristol. Credit: PA

Council leaders are set to approve plans which could lead to charging polluting vehicles to enter Bristol.

Pollution levels in some parts of the city are now double the recommended national limits.

Cabinet members will vote this afternoon on four options for clean air zones, with a final decision expected next year.

The council has launched a joint 'clean air zone' feasibly study with South Gloucestershire Council.

Once complete next year, the study will inform the action plan which could see the introduction of a London-style congestion zone.

The latest council report recommends that Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees approves the development of a clean air zone for Bristol and applies for additional funding to create an action plan.

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£8,800 fine for illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire

A man has been fined £8,800 for operating two illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire.

Sam Phelps, who ran ‘XP Wood Recycling’, pleaded guilty to two charges of deliberately operating illegal waste sites, which were a risk to the environment and a nuisance to the local community. Mr. Phelps was fined £400 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £8,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates court yesterday (7 March 2016).

While on a site visit, an Environment Agency officer found a pile of shredded waste wood estimated to be at least four times the authorised amount. The nearby Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was at risk of pollution from the water run-off from this site.

“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

– Environment Agency
An illegal waste site at Pilning, estimated to be 2500-3000 tonnes Credit: Environment Agency
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