Parking fears for businesses

June 27 2014

TRADERS on a busy shopping street are fearing that the introduction of a new residents' parking scheme is going to destroy their businesses.

TRADERS on a busy shopping street are fearing that the introduction of a new residents' parking scheme is going to destroy their businesses.

The shops, on Lower Redland Road, are included in the Cotham North RPZ which is to be introduced this month.

Business owners feel that the council has not listened to their concerns, and that the lack of pay and display machines in the area will deter customers from visiting their shops.

Patrizio Smith, a barber shop owner of 24 years, said: "There's no pay and display, apart from at the bottom of the road - it's mostly just permit holders only. Traders outside Patrizio's Barbers

"This scheme doesn't benefit traders at all. How can the council think that putting a residents' parking zone outside a row of shops is a good idea? It's crazy.

"We've had no consultation whatsoever, and the mayor isn't listening to anyone."

He added: "The council have said they will review the scheme in six months, but that might just be six months too late for us - we might all be gone by then.

"We've been here for so long - we're just trying to run our businesses and make a living."

There are 12 shops along the street, with each shop entitled to seven customer permits.

The cost per permit is £250.

David Wiltsher, creative director at 10 Bristol - a design and marketing agency - said: "The fact you cannot park on a street that's primarily full of traders, unless you're a resident, seems a bit backward.

"Although we won't be affected as much as the other traders, we still have to purchase permits for our clients and staff.

He added: "We've not received a great deal of help from the council either. This scheme is just another hurdle for us to overcome."

A council spokesperson has responded: "A number of businesses and residents requested that we increase the amount of pay and display parking available to customers visiting the businesses at the west end of Lower Redland Road.

"This would supplement the pay and display provision at the east end of Lower Redland Road and the provision around the Lower Redland Road junctions with Napier Road, Elgin Park and Greenway Road.

"As a result of the feedback we received, the council is now carrying out local consultation on one additional amendment; to change the shared use bays in front of numbers 1 to 11 to pay & display parking only.

"This would increase the availability of customer parking for shops in the area, by ensuring that the bays are reserved for short stays (up to three hours) and are not taken up, potentially for extended periods, by permit holders."