Cars ‘could flood Redland’ because of parking curbs

March 28 2014

THE decision to implement a parking zone in Cotham North before Redland, has left residents with "real anxiety", says councillor Fi Hance.

THE decision to implement a parking zone in Cotham North before Redland, has left residents with "real anxiety", says councillor Fi Hance.
It was initially agreed that both schemes would be implemented at the same time, but the parking zone for Redland took longer to develop due to the downsizing of its boundary, the council says.
The decision to proceed with the Cotham North parking zone was agreed in February, whilst Redland was still at the statutory consultation stage.

The statutory consultation for the Cotham North parking zone took place between November 6 and 28.
Helen Minnery, head of the council's highways department, said: "We are currently considering all objections received in relation to the Redland RPS proposals. Until a decision is made to proceed with Redland, we cannot give specific information about implementation dates."
It will take between six and eight weeks to build the Cotham North zone and around four weeks to build the smaller Redland zone, the council says.
Work is estimated to start in Cotham North in April, and May or June in Redland.
Redland councillor, Fi Hance, has said that there is "real anxiety" for residents in Redland, as they are concerned about being over-run by displaced parking from Cotham. However, she recognises that Cotham residents are eager for the parking zone to be implemented.
"It's proving very tricky. Cotham could agree to wait until the Redland scheme is ready to be implemented, but they could be agreeing to an open-ended delay.
"There's no easy solution - as councillors we can only advise, but the buck lies with the council's highways department."
The highways department says that it has considered two alternative approaches: building both schemes and starting both operating on the same date; or building and launching Redland RPS and then build Cotham North RPS.
However, the department has concluded that these alternative proposals would be more detrimental than launching the Cotham North scheme first.
Ms Minnery said: "For these reasons, and after careful consideration, the council intends to proceed with launching Cotham North as soon as it is built, followed by Redland RPS after the minimum possible interval."
The council says that it recognises the strength of views in both communities that the scheme should start as soon as possible in both areas.
The agreed operating conditions for the two schemes, and the programme details for all schemes, can be viewed at: www.bristol.gov.uk/rps