Every summer Bristol Zoo sets up an overflow car park on The Downs for the thousands who flock through it's gates. But permission for the car park has now lapsed, and councillors will decide tomorrow whether to renew it.
In the absence of the overflow car park, the Zoo simply would not be able to deal responsibly with our visitor vehicles on peak days.
Without those visitors who use the overflow facility, the Zoo would stand to lose a large percentage of its revenue, which would severely impact on the business and also the important conservation work we are involved in.
Since we’ve been using the land we have taken our responsibility to preserve and protect the area very seriously.
For example, we do not allow cars to park on Ladies Mile when it is very wet and we also conduct ecological surveys to ensure the land is as it should be.
The Zoo strives, where possible, to encourage the use of non-car modes of travel.
Whilst the Zoo does and will continue to promote the use of sustainable modes of transport where reasonable and practical, we know from experience that our guests will be discouraged from coming if there is inadequate parking.