Mayor to delay decision on Bristol parking zones and revise plans

May 24 2013

Mayor George Ferguson has announced he will delay making a decision on residents' parking zones until next month.

Mayor George Ferguson has announced he will delay making a decision on residents' parking zones until June.
Mr Ferguson was due to formally decide whether to push ahead with his proposals for 18 residents' parking zones around the centre of the city at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, May 29.
Today, however, he said that would be postponed to allow time to first publish a range of improvements to the plans, following representations from businesses and residents.
The delay would also allow him to discuss the issues with councillors through the scrutiny process, with a meeting of the sustainable development and transport scrutiny commission scheduled for May 28 at 6pm.
Mr Ferguson said: "I have made it abundantly clear that I want to listen to residents and businesses and local councillors, and am prepared to adjust schemes to local conditions .
"As a result I have decided to postpone consideration of the report to Cabinet and issue revised proposals for consideration in June instead. This will allow me an opportunity to discuss the principles and details with councillors in the scrutiny process before the report comes to Cabinet."
The move has been welcomed by  Lib Dem group deputy leader Christian Martin, who wrote to Mr Ferguson on Wednesday, asking for more time to be given to considering the plans.
He said: “This is about listening to the public and making sure Bristol’s residents and businesses get what they want.
“We have always supported the principle of residents’ parking schemes – where there is a clear need and people want them.
“But the important thing is to ensure the right schemes, in the right places, for the right price."
The group is now calling for "all-area" parking permits for businesses and wants to see a residents' meeting much like the forum held for traders and attended by the mayor earlier this week.
Mr Martin added: “A central meeting for residents from across the affected areas of the city would give people a chance to share and hear about people’s general fears and concerns about the parking schemes.”