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Anger on Bristol's streets over Residents Parking Scheme

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Angry opposition to Bristol's controversial Residents Parking Scheme is growing, with campaigners blocking streets and vandals attacking equipment.

The man charged with implementing the city-wide restrictions has told ITV News the damage will add tens of thousands of pounds to the final £5 million bill.

Eight of 20 parking machines introduced in Montpelier have been damaged with expanding foam pumped inside. Each of the £3,000 machines will have to be scrapped and replaced.

Signs have also been damaged or stolen.

Several parking machines in Montpelier will have to be replaced after foam was pumped inside them. Credit: ITV News

In an example of peaceful, but angry, street protests, residents in East Grove, Montpelier, have barricaded themselves in with fencing, vehicles and even a shopping trolley, preventing workmen from installing signs and painting white lines.

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"We've been through all the official channels, signing petitions, attending meetings, but no-one is listening. RPZs are unjust and we don't want one. We've got by perfectly fine before. We're a community who speak to each other and sort out any parking issues. This is our only course of action left - direct action."

– Protester Amirah Cole

It follows a series of angry demonstrations against the scheme across the city. In Clifton, campaigners drove a tank through the streets in protest, while some Easton residents have also campaigned to stop their RPZ (Residents Parking Zone).

But Peter Mann, Director of Transport at Bristol City Council, says the city-wide roll-out will be completed by the end of the summer as planned, taking in some 20 districts.

He admits:

"The residents' parking scheme has been controversial across the city and there are pockets of objection but the vast majority of people who now live within scheme are fairly happy with it and it seems to be working very well. A lot of the fears people have are quite often unfounded."

– Peter Mann, Bristol City Council Director of Transport