Edinburgh congestion charge - your views online

Small business leaders have reacted to the SNP's proposals for a congestion charge on drivers coming into Edinburgh by warning "the last thing businesses need" is additional costs imposed by the council

Steven Ogilvie

We have already upgraded both our vehicles at great cost to be compliant to drive in the LEZ but now I'm going to be hit with a congestion charge. You can't win. For some, public transport just isn't feasible due to hours worked or health conditions that don't qualify as a disability.

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Renée La Racineuse

It is true we can’t keep filling the city with more and more vehicles, but a congestion charge is not the way to limit numbers. It will hit working people and small businesses hardest, and the money raised won’t be spent on improving public transport, but wasted on vanity projects.

Janet Murray

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Typical, enforced restrictions again without consulting people of Edinburgh. Time to get rid.

Julie Logan

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Who is there to vote for on May 5 that has Edinburgh residents’ issues as a priority?

Gary Clark

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If they were temporary to fund fixing roads and tram works, then fine.

William Hatton

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Small business voted before on this issue and it was a massive absolutely not then. Edinburgh City Council need to remember who they represent.

Graham McLeod

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Probably, if we had voted for it 20 years or so ago, the city would not be such a mess!

Irena Wilsonski

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Sometimes you have to make changes for our safety. Too many cars are coming into our areas and parking, leaving cars there all day and all the cars and buses toiling to move about with the volume of traffic and being made worse with the road works everywhere. Some of us will be happy when this happens and some will not, but something has to be done, because we are stuck in cars or taxis trying to get to hospital appointments.

Dean Thomson

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The clowncil tried to impose these road tolls years ago and it was overwhelmingly voted out by the public. So they widened the permit zones instead, all in the aid of easing congestion in the city centre. It never worked, it was just plan B of their money making scheme. Will they be putting this scheme out for a public vote? Nah, I doubt it. It’s a money making scheme camouflaged as an eco friendly scheme, don’t let them tell you otherwise.

Christopher Arkle

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If only there was a council election coming up soon, then the people of Edinburgh could vote against this policy!

Andy Main

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It will go ahead regardless of the amount of opposition against it. They don’t listen to the electorate as they know best. Cycle lane from Roseburn to city centre, 25 objections, 1 for. Guess how that went – £18 million cycle lane which will probably double in cost by completion gets the go ahead. Edinburgh’s roads are in an appalling state. SNP council have joined the anti-cars In Edinburgh mob, which incidentally ended Labour’s control of the council. Out of touch with the electorate.

Angie Gladstone

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Some people can't get to their work by bus. Why impose this when country already on its knees?

Paul McCall

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Stand up, be confident and vote these idiots out. They think Edinburgh is their little city to control. You, the people, have the power to remove them.

David Pentland

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It's in place in many other UK cities. It makes sense.

James Crawley

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Not just small businesses. Inflation and cost of living are rising at an alarming rate and the SNP are thinking of introducing a congestion charge - are they mad?

Roddy Watson

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It’s quite scandalous that our council panders to shopping malls where you can park for free, yet hits small businesses all over Edinburgh with everything. More cars in these malls, (Craigleith, Fort Kinnaird, Gyle etc) more fumes, but these people are obviously expendable in a modern Edinburgh.

Susan Peters

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Edinburgh is dying on its feet – are they wanting to close it altogether? I will only go to malls now, plenty parking, no fees. Shame, Edinburgh used to be good.

Andrew Brown

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No matter what party is in power the congestion charge will still come in.

Scott Brown

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By all means vote SNP out in May if it makes you feel better, but don't start crying when you realise nothing changes. Lib Dems, Greens and Tories want a city wide LEZ scheme. Everyone’s answer to solve the problems in Edinburgh is to vote out SNP and vote in those that will make the problems they don't like worse.