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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:

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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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Controversial parking proposal voted through

Volunteers with cameras could soon be patrolling a North Somerset High Street, photographing illegally parked cars. Portishead Town Council has voted unanimously in favour of the idea and will now work on a formal proposal.

Councillor David Pasley, who came up with the scheme, says he will write to the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, to ask for her backing.

FULL REPORT: Portishead parking row

Volunteers with cameras could soon be patrolling Portishead High Street to photograph illegally-parked cars. The pictures would be then forwarded to police. The Town Council will decide tonight whether to go ahead. Some drivers are concerned they could be spied on. Jane Solomons reports.

Some drivers are concerned they could be spied on but many residents welcome it as a solution to an old problem. Jane Solomons reports.

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