Parking clarity plea

November 03 2014

STREETS on the outskirts of Redland's residents' parking scheme are feeling the effect of displaced commuters, says councillor Martin Fodor.

STREETS on the outskirts of Redland's residents' parking scheme are feeling the effect of displaced commuters, says councillor Martin Fodor.
Following implementation of the Redland and Cotham North zones at the end of July, the boundaries are in the midst of a six month review - any significant changes to the scheme will have to wait until the review period ends.
Teething problems, such as wrongly painted lines and late permits, have now been addressed, but councillors are already being informed about a number of larger issues with the parking scheme.
According to councillor Fodor, there is pressure building for parking to be managed outside the designated area, as commuters are now trying to park in other streets.
He added: "The council is continuing to receive enquiries about whether or not some of the streets that were in the initial Redland scheme proposals, but were eventually excluded from the scheme, can be considered for inclusion again."
The council announced that the boundary for the Redland zone was to be made "much smaller" following consultations with local residents and traders at the end of last year. Particular concerns came from shop owners on Coldharbour Road.
Councillor Fodor says that enquiries have mainly come from residents living in Westmoreland Road, Durdham Park, and Iddesleigh Road, which lay just outside the Redland zone.
The council has proposed that when both schemes have been reviewed, a postcard will be distributed to properties within the Redland and Cotham North zones, asking for feedback.
A separate postcard will also be sent to residents of the northern section of Redland who were included in the original RPS plans.
Councillor Fodor said: "It is important to invite comments from the wider area before drawing any conclusions about whether or not the current boundaries should be re-visited.
"We need to listen more closely to people to help them shape the scheme, and that the council learns from experience and improves the way it handles views of residents to incorporate in the process of managing parking."
To submit feedback to the council, email respark@bristol.gov.uk.