Parking zones to come to Redland and Bishopston under Mayor's plan

April 01 2013

Residents’ parking zones are set to be introduced in Bishopston, St Andrews, Ashley Down and Redland as part of plans unveiled that will see a large part of the city covered by the schemes.

Parking zones to come to Redland and Bishopston under Mayor's plan

Residents’ parking zones are set to be introduced in Bishopston, St Andrews, Ashley Down and Redland as part of plans unveiled that will see a large part of the city covered by the schemes. Map

Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson is proposing to set up schemes in 20 areas within the next 18 months.

Residents-only zones are already in place in Kingsdown, Redcliffe and Cotham, where the council says the schemes have strong support from residents.

Redland’s parking zone would be among the first to be introduced while Bishopston and Ashley Down would be the last areas under current plans.

Mr Ferguson said: “There are clear local and transport benefits arising from residents’ parking schemes, and I am getting strong levels of demand from areas surrounding the city centre. The council helps local businesses to design sustainable travel plans for their staff, which leads to more people walking, cycling and using public transport.”

Councillors in Redland have already set up a petition calling for a residents’ parking zone since a scheme set up in Cotham at the end of last year began pushing commuters into Redland’s streets. Bishopston councillor Bev Knott said by speeding up the introduction of the schemes, it would help avoid this “domino effect” on parking.

“I helped to set up the High Kingsdown scheme when I was in the Cabinet,” he said.  “To start with there was strong opposition from a couple of hundred people but I was assured by local councillors that most people were in favour.  When the scheme had been in place less than a year, opposition had all but melted away.”

Consultation with residents is due to take place at a later stage.  The first permit costs £30 a year, second £80, third £200.  Residents can apply for up to 100 visitor permits a year; the first 50 are free, the second 50 £1 each.

More information can be found at www.bristol.gov.uk/rps.