PMG St Phillips development

The Clean Air Zone arrives in Bristol

November 17, 2022 3:59 pm Published by

Similar to other cities across the country, Bristol will start charging older diesel vehicles to enter the new Clean Air Zone in the city (more details here). Bristol’s Clean Air Zone will be effective from 28th November 2022 and aims to improve air quality in the city that we live in. 

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There has been much debate over this bold move by the council, with the originally proposed area reduced from initial plans, and the start delayed due to COVID. However, Bristol City Council is committed to making this Zone work with signage and cameras installed across the city over the past few months. 

Clean Air Zone Signage in Bristol

PMG’s Zero to Landfill recycling plant and the head office are both located within St Phillips Marsh (BS2), which the current low-emission area does not include. However, the Initial plans originally did include St Phillips Marsh. For people unfamiliar with this area, St Phillips Marsh is a large industrial area behind temple meads station bounded by the Feeder Canal, River Avon and GWR rail lines. 

History of St Phillips Marsh

Dating back to the 1700s, the St Phillips Marsh area was open grazing which was progressively divided up into smaller fields. Into the 1800s, the area was gradually converted over to industrial use; mostly brickworks to support the developing city. In 1809, the Feeder canal was completed, and by the mid-1800s, houses were built in the area to house the industry workers. With the local population growth, pubs, shops, and churches also started to appear. The community thrived up to post War 1960s, when the council identified the area as an employment area, demolishing the majority of the pre-war housing. This made way for more industries to move in. There is an interesting website that has lots of photographs through the ages in St Phillips.

The start of PMG

PMG moved to the area in 1996 and started operating from Albert Road, as Commercial Vehicle Repairs. Since then, we have grown to provide an extensive road sweeping and tanker service with the fleet serviced by our own workshop. In 2014, Albert Road became the home to our recycling plant, processing and recycling 25,000T of road sweeping and gully waste every year from across the city and beyond, allowing PMG to proudly adopt a ‘Zero to Landfill’ policy. Further expansion came in 2015 when a new site in Cole Road was set up as PMG headquarters. 

What is happening now?

Since that time, PMG has continued to grow, and there are a lot of exciting plans in the pipeline for both PMG and the St Phillips Marsh area. The community are in the midst of ongoing development in this area of the city. There has been progressive development along Avon Street over the past decade and more recently, plans have been approved for the development of Silverthorne Lane, which was once the home of Aardman Animations among other businesses.

The local businesses in the area will need to prepare for the forthcoming changes and further developments to the Bristol city Clean Air Zones. As such, PMG has been investing steadily with 2-3 new vehicles each year which comply with the new Clean Air Zone. We pride ourselves in having a well-maintained, modern, state-of-the-art fleet that can respond quickly to our customers’ needs.  

Please give us a call to get a quote for recycling, tanker hire or road sweeper hire from our friendly team on 0117 9728564.  

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