RPZ plan for Redland enters last stage of consultation

October 01 2013

A period of formal consultation over an altered parking zone is to start this month for those within the new Redland boundary.

by Rebecca Day

A period of formal consultation over an altered parking zone is to start this month for those within the new Redland boundary.

Following previous, informal engagement, the zone has undergone “significant” changes,  making it smaller than the original proposal. The zone now excludes Coldharbour Road and the north-west of Redland Green.

A total of 387 responses were received after the first round of consultation, with around 80 per cent from the north of Redland confirming they did not want or feel they needed the scheme.

Any objections raised throughout the formal consultation period will be taken into consideration, and amendments to the scheme will be put forward in the spring.

This will then be followed by a six-month review once the zone has been implemented.

A recent Redland neighbourhood forum meeting gave residents an opportunity to discuss the revised scheme.

One resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she was disappointed that there would only be 30 minutes’ free parking. She said half an hour would not be enough time for disabled people who do not qualify for a blue badge or elderly people to go shopping.

“It would be much more innovative and neighbourhood friendly to have a two-hour free period instead," she explained. “It would also provide enough time for people to visit the gym and see to their allotments.”

An allotment representative also said it would be “totally unviable” to make allotment holders pay to park, claiming that many of them did not live locally.

A local bowling club also raised concerns about the limited amount of time given for members to park. A maximum time of three hours would be allowed for those using a pay and display machine, but bowls matches last at least four hours, said the representative.

Bristol City Council officer Jon Toy attended the meeting and emphasised that the council’s aim was to “protect residents from long-stay commuters”.

He confirmed that letters will be going out to all houses during the consultation period for residents to provide feedback.

Visit www.bristol.gov.uk/page/transport-and-streets/redland-rd for more information.