B&NES to get tough on ‘idling’ coach drivers.

One woman’s campaign to improve the air quality around her city home seems to be getting noticed in the right places.

Patsey Keen lives in a flat close to the Riverside Coach Park where many of our visiting tourists get off and on the coaches that bring them to the city.

While we’re pleased to see this healthy boost to the local economy, for the residents living near this central drop-off, it’s a mixed blessing.

She wrote to say:

“I wonder if you could look into the coaches in the Riverside Coach Park who in this hot weather have been running their engines constantly ALL DAY .
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This is very concerning to me as a resident of Riverside Gardens. You can taste the pollution as soon as you turn into Riverside Gardens and Milk Street.
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The noise is horrendous and of course the engines add to the heat.
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The coach park is on the other side of the wall at the bottom of the street.
I’m sure the drivers would say they are keeping their coaches cool for their returning passengers but seriously !!! In this climate of tackling air pollution I thought this might be something of interest to you.
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Coaches parked in the Riverside Coach Park. They were NOT running their engines.
I have contacted the council and had no reply from phone messages and only a “we will get back to you” on social media.
When l went to check out Patsy’s complaint the coach park was almost empty. The coaches that were parked there were not running their engines.
Patsy has done her own filming – during a much busy period – so you can judge for yourselves what she and other residents are having to put up with.
She writes:
“I just felt it was a shame that when you visited there were very few coaches in the coach park and also a reasonably cool day.
I hope this video clip from my home shows a picture of what we endure living here for a large part of the time. None of these coaches were moving or even getting ready to move.

 

Well Patsy, maybe someone at B&NES has also viewed your video because a Council spokesperson told Bath Newseum.
“We are looking into enforcement powers against drivers found idling as part of our commitment to address the air quality in Bath and North East Somerset.
In the meantime, civil enforcement officers will continue to patrol the coach park to advise the drivers about idling, ensuring they are in the correct bays and keeping to the 30-minute parking restriction.”
No doubt Patsy and her fellow residents will be waiting to see if this new ‘get tough’ action will have any effect.