Redland parking zone plans spark mixed response

March 01 2013

A parking scheme is set to be introduced in Redland by February 2014, residents heard at a recent neighbourhood forum meeting. The proposed scheme has received mixed responses from local residents, as well as concerns about the length of time it will take to introduce.

Redland parking zone plans spark mixed response

A parking scheme is set to be introduced in Redland by February 2014, residents heard at a recent neighbourhood forum meeting.

The proposed scheme has received mixed responses from local residents, as well as concerns about the length of time it will take to introduce. 

Redland councillor Fi Hance said: “It’s a great disturbance that it’s going to take as long as a year to implement.”

A resident also declared that the current parking situation is “ruining his family’s life”.

Terry Bullock, Bristol City Council's traffic manager, confirmed that 12 months was a realistic time period. He stated that it takes six months to consider objectives, while other duties need to be carried out such as surveying and retrieving legal backing for the scheme.

He said that residents had suffered enough and significant problems needed to be resolved. Mr Bullock also added: “A message needs to go out to commuters that Bristol is a sustainable city and people need to start using public transport more.”

Bristol City Council wants to introduce the scheme to deter commuters from parking in the area. According to the Bristol City Council website, residents’ parking schemes (RPS) are designed to improve neighbourhoods; making it easier for residents, businesses and their visitors to park. Other benefits include, it says, improved air quality and a safer environment, due to the reduction in obstructive parking, and fewer vehicles circling the area searching for a parking space.

Susan Clarke, who lives on Salisbury Road, spoke for the parking scheme, supporting the idea of encouraging commuters to use buses and trains. She said: “I have an elderly mother who lives with me and there is currently a lot of illegal parking from commuters, which is extremely dangerous and obstructive.”

In opposition, a local architect raised the issue that the council was “extending a system that already has teething problems”. He said: “Why implement a scheme in Redland, when it’s proven not to work in Cotham?"

The scheme, which was introduced in Cotham in December, is thought to have left many spaces within the area unoccupied. Meanwhile, commuters have had to resort to parking their cars in Redland instead. 

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