We are disappointed to hear today’s High Court decision to allow the expansion of ULEZ to go ahead from 29 August 2023.
We are supportive of improving air quality in Elmbridge and of increased trade in our high streets and parades, both of which we see as potential benefits to the possible extension of the ULEZ. However, we know our communities are linked to those of Greater London and we are concerned about impact on small businesses and our residents in introducing the scheme this year. We have continually lobbied the Mayor of London and TfL due to the impact it will have on the Elmbridge community as a whole. It is unsatisfactory that TfL are proceeding without a scrappage scheme for those outside the London boundary, specifically those who cross it in the course of their daily lives. It’s a change which is likely to hit hardest those are least able to afford it. We will continue to work with Surrey County Council to press TfL to engage with us to tackle this issue.
All the political parties across Elmbridge Borough Council have stated their objections to the expansion of ULEZ.
As a Council, we are committed to a thriving and sustainable community and we will continue to work with Surrey County Council and TfL to manage the impacts of ULEZ on Elmbridge residents and businesses.
For information and support on the ULEZ see Ultra-low emission zone expansion.
Cllr Bruce McDonald, Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council