Mayor George Ferguson is vowing to press ahead with his controversial plan for residents parking zones across Bristol, despite an angry backlash. The Mayor has been forced to delay the scheme following public outcry.
There'll now be more debate, and further concessions to his original scheme are expected.
Bristol's City Hall was packed tonight as councillors discussed controversial plans to extend the Resident's Parking Zones in the city. An e-petition against the proposals had enough signatures to prompt the debate.
As a result, councillors agreed to delay their decision, so they can gather more feedback from residents and businesses.
The petition against plans to extend Bristol's resident parking zones (RPZ) was organised by Michael Owen from Redland. It raised 6699 signatures, more than enough to force a debate by full council, which is taking place tonight.
Extracts from Mr Owen's statement to Bristol City Council read:
RPZ is damaging to residents, businesses, employment and community life. Above inflation increases in RPZ charges are hardly good news for all in a tough economic climate.
Maps show that in every road, every street in Redland & Cotham, parking space is removed by double yellow lines & marked parking bays: a reduction in the supply of residential parking spaces. BCC has little idea about the numbers of cars currently parked on the roads of Bristol. Vehicles will be displaced, owners forced to drive round looking for parking spaces in the evening, something which the RPZ is claimed to eliminate.