Redland parking zone made 'much smaller', city council reveals

August 07 2013

Redland's parking zone will no longer cover Coldharbour Road, with the boundary cutting across Redland Green instead, it has been revealed.

Redland's parking zone will no longer cover Coldharbour Road, with the boundary cutting across Redland Green instead, it has been revealed.

The boundary for the zone has been made "much smaller", the city council announced yesterday, following talks with residents and traders during the informal consultation period.

The citywide parking scheme, announced by Mayor George Ferguson earlier this year, met with serious concern from traders on Coldharbour Road.

Janet Haigh, owner of Heart Space Studios where she runs craft workshops, said the scheme would create huge difficulties for her business as many people arrived by car, bringing their equipment with them.

She said she believed that Coldharbour Road needed “special attention”, adding: “The local traders in the area have been ignored, because we don't fit in with the sweeping ‘one size fits all’ plan.”

With the revised boundary, Westbury Park is no longer included in the scheme, but roads close to Coldharbour Road will be subject to the restrictions.

Redland residents had previously called for their own parking zone after a scheme in Cotham saw commuter parking pushed out to their streets instead. Mr Ferguson has said there will be a review of outer boundaries to assess any knock-on effects of the schemes, including in Bishopston where plans for a zone have been halted for the time being.

"I promised to keep listening, and I will continue to do so," said Mayor George Ferguson.

"In return, I ask residents and businesses to be patient while we work through their feedback."

Redland residents and businesses will be formally consulted on the plans in October.