The first of ten local reviews of Bristol’s residents’ parking schemes have been launched as part of the Mayor’s commitment to ensure each one is working for its community.
Five reviews in Southville, Bedminster East, Spike Island, St Pauls and Easton and St Philip’s will begin immediately with five other schemes; Kingsdown, Cotham, Redcliffe, Cliftonwood and Hotwells and Bower Ashton, to follow with reviews starting on 24 October. All reviews will be led my ward members.
Reviews of the other five schemes are already established as part of the annual review process so they will not form part of this new phase.
Surveys will be open to everyone and ask a series of questions about issues such as operating hours, double yellow lines and different types of parking that are provided in the scheme. They are not looking at changes that would affect all of the areas, such as permit arrangements, as these will be considered as part of a strategic review which will go to Cabinet in autumn 2016.
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We committed to these reviews because it is important we consider the views of everyone who is affected by residents’ parking. We want to make each scheme work as well as it can for the local community it serves and I’m pleased that ward members will be leading this process and bringing each local review to a Neighbourhood Partnership meeting.
“We will assess all of the suggestions made as a key part of this process involves understanding how the current layout is working and how people are using it. We will carefully consider the cost of implementing suggestions put to us and ensure a comprehensive response is fed back to everything that is suggested.
“I’d like to encourage as many of you as possible to get involved in these reviews as we want to gather a broad spread of views that fully reflects the community’s experience of their scheme. Your local councillors and Neighbourhood Partnerships will be at the heart the review process so please make your views known to them as we will rely on them in cases where there is no clear community consensus.”
Local businesses and organisations are encouraged to suggest initiatives that will support local retail and service centres.
The survey can be found online at www.bristol.gov.uk/rps alongside information and maps in libraries within the scheme areas. Alternatively, residents can contact their local councillors for support with completing their survey.