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Residents upset about lack of parking at new hospital

A lack of parking at Southmead Hospital is causing problems in the neighbourhood Credit: ITV News

A councillor for North Bristol says a lack of adequate parking spaces at Southmead Hospital is causing problems in surrounding areas.

Businesses in nearby Horfield say cars are being left on residential streets causing problems for traders.

Councillor Claire Hiscott wants the city's Mayor George Ferguson to step in to resolve issues on the site.

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Possible breakthrough in parking zone dispute

There are signs tonight of a possible breakthrough in the bitter dispute over plans for a residents parking scheme in Bristol.

Mayor George Ferguson wants to introduce the zones across large areas of the city, but has met fierce opposition from traders in the Clifton district who claim their businesses will be finished by the changes.

A meeting between protesters and council planners has just finished, with agreement that objections will be considered before any scheme is introduced.

Our Bristol correspondent Richard Payne has been following this story and looks at the background to the issue:

Campaigners say parking scheme will put off visitors

Campaigners fighting a residents' parking scheme proposed for Clifton in Bristol say they won't give up their battle. They say plans to limit parking to one hour will put off visitors.

Mayor George Ferguson says it would mean more spaces but one trader says it would put him out of business in months.

Newsagent Tony Golledge has concerns about the scheme:

How Bristol's parking fines quadrupled in 5 years

Figures obtained by ITV News West Country reveal the amount of money that Bristol City Council has made from parking fines, has quadrupled over the past five years.

Local councils have been criticised for the number of parking tickets they issue. Today the Government said it could force them to reduce fines and introduce grace periods.Here's our political reporter, Robert Murphy.

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