Residents join forces to reduce traffic and improve parking

July 30 2018

A GROUP launched in Bishopston and St Andrews to tackle the amount of traffic and the daily challenge of parking locally is keen to raise support.

Formed in early 2018 from an amalgamation of interested groups across the neighbourhood, the Bishopston and St. Andrews Traffic and Parking Group (BOSA), is  committed to working with residents, local councillors and other stakeholders to explore possible solutions to parking and traffic safety problems in Bishopston and St Andrews. 

As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, local MP Thangam Debbonaire recently hosted a public meeting, attended by more than 100 residents at which a range of problems and potential solutions for parking, traffic and related safety were discussed. More than two thirds of those attending favoured a residents’ parking scheme (RPS) as a possible solution. On June 15, BOSA members spoke about this with Mayor Marvin Rees at the Bishopston Community Conversation and requested council support to develop solutions and to consult with the community. Members also attended an event hosted by Bristol City Council and Bristol Green Capital Partnership on July 12 to discuss the implications of the proposals for a Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ). This has potential effects on local traffic, parking and safety as parts of Bishopston are outside of the proposed zones. 

Statements were submitted by local councillors, Thangam Debbonaire and BOSA members at the recent full council meeting on 17 July to highlight parking and traffic issues and to formally request support from the Council to develop possible solutions. The first essential step would be for council traffic officers to carry out a neighbourhood wide consultation to hear the views of all local stakeholders. The message from the council meeting was that traffic officers could be available from September, but that there are competing demands for these resources. At the time of writing BOSA is hoping to meet with the cabinet member for transport, Councillor Mhairi Threlfall in the near future to review the case for moving forward with a local consultation. 

To add your voice to the campaign please sign up to the newsletter via: bishopstonstandrewstpgroup@gmail.com

You can alsolike and sharethe Facebook page and group: 

www.facebook.com/BOSAtrafficandparking/

And sign the petition “Please manage commuter commuter parking and driving in Bristol”:

https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?bcr=1