George Ferguson proposes parking zones across Bristol
The town council is considering whether to give digital cameras to volunteers who would snap people parking illegally on the High Street.
Following the recent introduction of parking charges in parts of Cheltenham, some traders say it's affecting business
Tony Miles, the leader of the campaign group against controversial new parking zones in Bristol, gave us his reaction to news that objections will be considered by planners before any scheme is introduced:
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
Cllr Pasley wants to arm volunteer parking 'spies' with cameras to snap people parking illegally on Portishead High Street. The Town Council will vote on the measure tonight. Cllr Pasley argues that illegally-parked cars are a danger and an inconvenience, and that the problem is getting worse.