Over the border: Councillors claim that Mayor of London’s plans for broadening the clean air zone will “attack” elderly people and key workers

Health / Thu 13th Jul 2023 at 08:31am

ULEZ signage will be banned from Essex County Council-owned land when Sadiq Khan’s planned expansion of the scheme rolls out to the county’s borders next month reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

The move was part of a motion approved by the authority’s cabinet yesterday (July 11), in which they agreed to formally oppose the Mayor of London’s to impose congestion charges in areas within close proximity of the London border.

The motion also seeked to ban any new ULEZ signage being erected on the county council’s land or highways, as well as prevent any existing signage being modified.

Councillor Holly Whitbread (Con, Epping and Theydon Bois) said: “In Essex, hundreds of residents are attacked by ULEZ, which is a tax without accountability.

“This Council recognises the importance of air quality for Essex residents and
the Council’s forthcoming strategy sets out the current understanding of the air quality issues and clear actions to improve the air quality in Essex going

Cllr Whitbread also highlighted how plans to expand the zone from August 29 would disproportionately affect key healthcare workers who are required to commute to towns which have been absorbed into the London border such as Upminster and Hornchurch.

Among Essex areas that will be on the border of the daily £12.50 ULEZ charge are Purfleet, Brentwood and Loughton.

She said that if a hospital worker is timetabled for a night shift, driving out to one of these towns and back either side of midnight, then they will be forced to pay approximately £25 per round trip.

Vulnerable and elderly residents are  also set to feel the sting of the “money-grabbing” scheme, as they are the largest group in possession of RAC’s estimated figure of 800,000 vehicles which are non-compliant with ULEZ criteria.

A number of cabinet members spoke in support of the motion, including Councillor Jaymey McIvor, also of Epping Forest District Council. He said: “I find it very difficult to be polite and complimentary about the Mayor of London’s work.

“(ULEZ) is cruel to the poorest and hardest working in our society… it is cruel to London’s reputation.”

However, not all councillors in attendance stood in agreement with the motion. Labour councillor for Colchester Lee Scordis denounced Cllr Whitbread’s objection to ULEZ as “complete scaremongering”.

Despite the ULEZ expansion being scheduled for August 29, a High Court ruling in favour of five councils claiming that the Mayor’s proposal is illegal may yet postpone further progress.

The presiding judge, Mr Justice Smith, has said he will aim to hand down his judgement by July 31.

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3 Comments for Over the border: Councillors claim that Mayor of London’s plans for broadening the clean air zone will “attack” elderly people and key workers:

Michael and
2023-07-14 01:34:02

Nice one lee scordis , just a other extreme left wing thug you make the conservative party look like saints well not all of them some like you love to stick it to anyone who works hard, my kids asked me why I work overtime to get things when others in the school kids farther and mother s did not but can go on holiday and the pub smoke weed ect you are a joke

2023-07-15 05:26:22

Next they'll be wanting you to pay a tax to watch tv. Whatever next ?

Kim Oconnor
2023-07-15 09:04:25

This ULEZ, is many years down the road,, the people are not ready for it....you have to have electric cars perfect, there's a lot wrong with them....there not green basically.... This is years in the making to get right... so why are theses fines put in place, your restricting people s movement... your being unfair to the people who carnt get from one place to another, whi carnt afford the fines.. Lots of reasons why this is unfair.. people who care for there elderly parents, service workers,, who fight for a pay rise, only to have it took from them.... There's lots you have to get right,,, we all want clean air,, but until you make things right with vehicle s first... the people suffer.. It's not right .. you carnt put things like this in place,straight away, you need a good alternative, and as yet there isn't one...

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