Petition calls for parking review

December 23 2013

A BISHOPSTON councillor has launched a petition for fairer parking on Gloucester Road.

A BISHOPSTON councillor has launched a petition for fairer parking on Gloucester Road.

Councillor David Willingham is calling on Bristol City Council to implement "tidal" parking, which will permit parking on the outbound carriageway during morning peak hours, and parking on the inbound carriageway during evening peak hours.

Cllr Willingham is also calling on the council to remove parking restrictions during peak hours from bays that do not cause obstruction to the traffic lanes of Gloucester Road, in particular, the bay parking opposite the Dongola Avenue junction.

The restrictions, which were implemented as a result of the showcase bus route, are from 7-9.30am and 4.30-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The petition has come following a Channel 4 documentary about traffic congestion in Bristol.

Gloucester Road was featured in The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera on November 25, and was described as the "Jewel in Bristol's crown".

The footage revealed parked cars being impounded and drivers fined for stopping in the showcase bus lane at peak hours.

Councillor Willingham said: “The principle of the bus lane is excellent. But if we can help shopkeepers by improving the way it works, we must get this done.

"Stopping people parking during the restricted hours is detrimental to businesses along Gloucester Road - we're looking for some compromise.

"If 3,500 sign the petition, it will be debated at full council."

Dan Stern, owner of The Fish Shop on Gloucester Road, stated: "I support David's petition. Restrictive parking policies like these are choking the life out of high streets like ours.

"Traders on the Gloucester Road have asked repeatedly for the council to look at the bus lane and parking restrictions but to no avail. Let's hope they will listen this time."

The petition can be found at: epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/glosrdparking

Councillor David Willingham in front of the bay outside 288 Gloucester Road
Councillor David Willingham in front of the bay outside 288 Gloucester Road