Bristol City Council announced today that they will reduce traffic and pollution in the city by implementing a ‘clean air zone’ at Leigh Woods nature reserve.
After twice failing to meet the government deadline for setting out a clean air plan for Bristol, the Council has reluctantly revealed that from April 2020 they will ban diesel vehicles over 12 tons from driving around the Leigh Woods area on Sundays.
“Now that we have set up this revolutionary clean air zone, everyone in Bristol is welcome to go to Leigh Woods for a breath of fresh air.
Of course, dirty air will still be available everywhere else in the city, for those who prefer the taste,” said Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees at a press conference today.
“Leigh Woods is the perfect place for a clean air zone. Like most places in Bristol, it is very easy to get to if you have a car.”
Visitors to Leigh Woods will be permitted to take home one 500ml bottle of clean air to breathe at their leisure and any edible nuts and berries they may find on the forest floor, but no squirrels.
4-pint containers of freshly bottled premium air will also be available to buy from the Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor centre for £5.75.
When asked why there was such a delay in announcing a clean air plan for Bristol, the Mayor explained:
“When we missed the first deadline you moaned about it, and then you had the audacity to complain again when we missed the second deadline. I honestly don’t understand this obsession you people have with meeting these arbitrary deadlines.
Anyone would think that air pollution is causing over half a million premature deaths a year across Europe, the way you harp on about it.”