Some streets in Bristol will be traffic free today as part of an experiment that could see cars banned on a regular basis next year.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has announced his new cabinet, which now features members from four political parties.
George Ferguson proposes parking zones across Bristol
Bristol's city centre streets are to close to traffic for the first time this Sunday in a radical plan to try to make Sundays 'special'.
The scheme will see vehicles banned on selected Sundays during the summer.
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.
Maita Robinson, a campaigner against the introduction of new parking zones in Bristol, says in her area they don't have a parking problem.
She's one of many people who spoke out against the plans at a meeting held by the City Council last night.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson says he will take into account concerned raised about the introduction of new parking zones after the plans were put on hold at a meeting last night.
But he also says the decision will be his:
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.
Supporters of Bristol's hospitals have begun their biggest ever fundraising project - to raise £6 million. The appeal will help transform the Bristol Haematology Centre and the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Sarah Gomme joined members of the hospital's Above and Beyond charity - and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson - at the launch of the Golden Gift Appeal.
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:
– Michael Owen, Petition organiser
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.
An e-petition against Bristol Mayor George Ferguson's plans to expand Resident Parking Zones is being presented at tonight's meeting of Bristol City Council.
Our reporter Karen Griggs is at the meeting, where the move is likely to be hotly debated.
Heated Bristol City Council meeting tonight as they discuss Resident Parking Zones @itvwestcountry
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson was given special golden trousers this morning at the launch of the Golden Gift Appeal.
A fundraising appeal to raise £6 million to help transform two of Bristol's hospitals is being launched this morning. The 'Golden Gift' scheme will help the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.
It's being launched by the city's Mayor George Ferguson and is the largest ever fundraising project for local hospitals' charity Above and Beyond.