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Charlotte Leslie criticises Bristol Mayor's parking plan

A controversial plan to end free parking on Bristol's Durdham Downs has been criticised by the area's MP.

Charlotte Leslie and two local councillors say Mayor George Ferguson's plan to remove 500 spaces will outrage residents and commuters who are already opposed to Residents' Parking Zones.

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All-day free Durdham Down parking could be abolished

Free parking on Durdham Downs could be abolished Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

All-day free parking on Bristol's historic Durdham Down could be abolished.

It's the latest controversial attempt to cut down on commuters using the city's streets. Mayor George Ferguson has divided opinion with a rapid roll-out of residents' parking zones and now risks further anger by removing the 500 spaces. He insists it's for long-term good of the city.

Mayor backs extension of Make Sunday Special

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson says he wants to see the popular Make Sunday Special scheme extended to other parts of the city. At present part of the city centre is closed to traffic once a month to host entertainment and boost trade

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Bristol Mayor faces 'no confidence' debate

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will face a 'no confidence' debate later today over the way he's introduced residents' parking schemes.

Protesters have submitted a petition of more than 5000 signatures, enough to force a council debate.

Seven out of twelve proposed zones have now been approved, but campaigners argue they hit trade and force businesses to move.

Tonight's debate is purely a symbolic gesture, as the city's 70 councillors do not have the power to remove a directly-elected mayor from office.

Bristol mayor could be best mayor in the world

George Ferguson could be selected as the best mayor in the world Credit: PA

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson is in the running to be selected as the best mayor in the world.

Mr Ferguson, who became the city's first elected mayor 18 months ago, is one of only three mayors from Britain to make it on to a list of contenders from across Europe.

He is competing against London's Boris Johnson and Liverpool's Joe Anderson from Liverpool, along with another 39 other mayors from other European major cities.

Prime Minister visits Bristol school

Prime Minister at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton Credit: ITV

Today the Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton as part of his tour of the South West.

He spoke to students at the School's breakfast club. He was joined by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson.

David Cameron and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson talking to school children Credit: ITV
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