Work on Clifton RPZ starts ahead of schedule

Traders along busy Princess Victoria Street in Clifton were left furious when the road closed on Thursday - three days ahead of schedule.

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Traders furious as Clifton roads close ahead of schedule

No way through for shoppers Credit: ITV West Country News

Traders along busy Princess Victoria Street in Clifton were left furious when the road closed on Thursday - three days ahead of schedule.

The closure is necessary for work on the Residents Parking Scheme which is set to start in March.

Confusion over when the work was to start and end has ignited anger with shopkeepers who claim their businesses have been affected.

Work begins for the Residents Parking Scheme Credit: ITV West Country News

It's a disgrace. The signs said they were going to close the street on the 24th but they went ahead anyway. We've still got the shoppers but no one was aware of what was going on

– Stephen Bullimore, Owner of Instep Shoes
The council have apologised Credit: ITV West Country News

The Council have since apologised for starting the work so quickly.

Because we had reasonably good weather the contractor got ahead of their works programme, which means we didn't have the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders in place to close the Princess Victoria Street. Once we became aware of this the road was re-opened and we apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Council Spokesperson


Bristol parking plans to be scaled back

The number of resident parking zones planned for the city is likely to be reduced Credit: ITV News West Country

Controversial plans to introduce residents' parking zones in Bristol are expected to be scaled back. Mayor George Ferguson wanted to see 18 zones rolled out within the next 18 months.

But now reduced plans of 12 zones in central locations are set to be put before Bristol City Council's Cabinet this evening.


Controversial parking plans put on hold

The Public Gallery at City Hall was packed for tonight's discussion Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Petitioner: "RPZ is damaging to residents and business"

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:

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.

– Michael Owen, Petition organiser

Bristol's controversial parking plans in the spotlight

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.

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