Decision details

Bath Clean Air Plan- update

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet will be provided with an update on the Clean Air Zone following it's launch on 15 March 2021.


RESOLVED (unanimously) that the Cabinet agreed to:


1)  Note the successful launch and implementation of the CAZ during a global pandemic, the success in upgrading the local scheduled bus fleet and the successful response to the Financial Assistance Scheme to bring forward the replacement of non-compliant vehicles.

2)  Note the positive progress which has been made towards improving air quality and associated public health outcomes, together with increasing the proportion of compliant vehicles entering the CAZ and discharging the Ministerial Directions.

3)  Delegate authority to the Director of Place Management to make any non-material changes to, and authorise the adoption of, the Bath Clean Air Zone Charging (Variation) Order, and for it to have effect from the date of sealing.

4)  Note the performance of the scheme against the scheme financial model, ensuring it covers its costs of operation and avoids placing an additional burden on the Council and local taxpayers.

Reasons for the decision:

To achieve compliance with Ministerial Directions, in March 2021 a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was launched in Bath, the first charging CAZ outside of London.

Whilst many of the monitoring measures, including air quality, are ordinarily reported on an annual basis, this report provides an early, indicative view of the first 3 month’s performance of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Bath and sets out a required variation to the Charging Order following the scheme’s launch on 15 March 2021.

Alternative options considered:

The changes required to the Charging Order are necessary to provide clarification on what was originally consulted upon in the various public consultations.  The alternative option of not making the changes could give rise to ongoing misunderstanding of the scheme.

Report author: Chris Major

Publication date: 09/09/2021

Date of decision: 09/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/09/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 17/09/2021

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