Parking high on agenda as new Redland traders group holds first meeting

August 30 2013

Shop owners in Zetland Road have held the first meeting of an unofficial traders’ group to discuss the issues affecting their businesses.

by Rebecca Day

Shop owners in Zetland Road have held the first meeting of an unofficial traders’ group to discuss the issues affecting their businesses.

The initial Zetland Road Traders meeting, which took place on August 16, was triggered by rising concerns over parking in the area.

Samantha Mant, director of Three Sixty Services, where the meeting took place, called for a gathering after hearing many complaints from traders about inadequate parking, which they say has been affecting staff, customers and suppliers.

Concerns were also raised about how the proposed permit parking scheme is going to affect local businesses.

Kazem Marvani, the owner of Number Ten, said: “My staff are always 15 minutes late because they’ve got nowhere to park.”

Relatives from the family-run restaurant La Campagnuola, also attended the meeting. Mariangela – daughter of the owner – said: “We’re worried that the scheme will deter people from the area and our customers will go elsewhere to eat.”

The group discussed ideas for an annual permit where vehicle users could park anywhere in Bristol at an affordable cost. Traders also suggested implementing loading bays and allocated parking for businesses.

“We’re all trying to make it out of this recession, and we’ve done well so far,” says Ms Mant. “However, the residents’ parking zone is only going make existing problems worse.

“I have no problem with the RPZ and the principle of it, it’s just the consultation has been woefully inadequate."

Thangham Debbonaire – Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Bristol West – also joined the meeting to hear the traders’ concerns.