We are very disappointed that BANES have chosen to go with option C rather than option D particularly if, as seems likely, this was done electoral reasons.

We are concerned that option C will deliver results much more slowly and may not actually meet EU and WHO standards particularly in the most heavily polluted parts of the city centre.

The decision to let people continue to bring their non-compliant diesel cars into the city will also mean additional particulate pollution which will almost certainly contribute to people having their health severely damaged.

However, given the elections and the already clear propensity of politicians to play politics with this issue we are urging that we now cease the debate and implement option C for which there is now a plan and identified finance.

Let’s have something that will make a difference rather than more years of debate and inaction.