Staff quit vets’ surgery over RPZ

June 27 2014

A REDLAND veterinary surgery has already lost several members of staff due to the council's plans to implement a residents' parking zone in the area.

A REDLAND veterinary surgery has already lost several members of staff due to the council's plans to implement a residents' parking zone in the area.

Zetland Road vets has over 15 members of staff working at the surgery, with many of them travelling from as far as Nailsea and Bristol Airport. Zetland Rd vets

The Redland parking zone, which is to be implemented this month, is part of a city-wide scheme to deter commuters from clogging up residential areas with their cars.

However, manager of the surgery, Jackie Haynes, says that it is not easy for her staff to access public transport, and travelling by car is their only option.

She said: "We've already lost a couple of staff members because the parking scheme won't allow them to drive to work. It's causing us a lot of problems.

"Having to issue customers with permits isn't very convenient either. They will have to pull up outside, run in to pick up a permit, and then park elsewhere.

"If the customer has an injured dog or cat which they can't carry, they are going to want to park as close to the surgery as possible, not miles down the road.

"Also, if the customer forgets to return the permit to us, then we've lost a lot of money. Some customers are under a lot stress as they may have had their pet put down, or their pet might be injured - the last thing they're going to think about is returning a permit."

The surgery is entitled to seven customer permits, costing £250 each.

Jackie says that the surgery has been unaware of any consultation, and no-one from the council has been in to speak with them.

Posters have been displayed in recent months calling on local clients of the surgery to lease out their driveway or parking space to ease staff members' worries.

The Redland scheme is the fourth to be approved out of twelve in the current programme, which also includes Kingsdown, Cotham and Redcliffe.

Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said: "For too long these areas have suffered from pressure from free commuter parking, to the detriment of residents and customers.

"The new scheme, alongside improved public transport and lower speed limits, will help deliver safer, less congested and healthier neighbourhoods.”

The Redland and Cotham North scheme will be reviewed after six months.