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Major businesses in Bristol are calling for a re-think on controversial residents' parking zones in the city. But the mayor George Ferguson said today he remains convinced that the benefits of the scheme are very real and necessary.
Employers affected say there wasn't enough consultation, and that their staff have no other way to get to work but by car. Katie Rowlett reports:
Bristol City Council have responded to criticism by local businesses that there wasn't enough consultation about the residents parking zones.
They say they will consider the points put forward by the the businesses in the Chamber of Commerce's survey.
Businesses in Bristol say residents' parking zones have been introduced too quickly with insufficient support to make them workable.
They include the University of Bristol, which is one of the top three employers in the city - with five thousand staff - most of whom work in Clifton.
Despite 80 per cent finding green ways to commute, Patrick Finch says there are still many staff who need to use their cars.
Businesses in Bristol want the Council to rethink the introduction of resident parking zones.
The city's Chamber of Commerce surveyed 550 employers who said the system was introduced too quickly and without alternative transport in place.
They also feel people in lower paid jobs are being particularly affected.
The employers involved in the survey want the council to make the following changes.
- More flexible permit system
- Extension of free parking time
- More realistic time scale to implement the changed
- Better transport links in and out of Bristol
- A working group to monitor the effects of the zones