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Another Residents' Parking Zone comes into force in Bristol

Foam was pumped inside several parking machines in Montpelier earlier this year. Credit: ITV West Country

The controversial roll-out of resident parking zones in Bristol continues today, as Bedminster becomes the latest area to go live with the scheme.

Mayor George Ferguson introduced the zones across the city to stop commuter parking and reduce congestion.

The scheme has been met with mixed reviews, with many concerned about the impact on trade. In Montpelier, signs and parking meters were vandalised.

A defaced parking sign elsewhere in the city Credit: ITV News

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School children celebrate 20mph zones in Bristol

Schoolchildren are due to welcome more 20mph zones in Bristol today Credit: ITV News

A parade to support Bristol's controversial 20mph zone roll-out will be held later this morning.

The rally will take place at Headley Park Primary School, in one of the final areas in the South of Bristol to adopt the limit. School children, parents and teachers will take part in the parade. The final phase of the scheme comes just a week after 8,000 people called on the council to stop it.

The rollout will see 20mph zones come into force in Bishopsworth, Brislington West, Hartcliffe, Hengrove, Stockwood, and Whitchurch Park.

20mph zones to be debated after thousands sign petition

8,000 sign petition against 20mph zones in Bristol. Credit: ITV News

Bristol City Council will debate its controversial 20 mile per hour speed zones later today.

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition calling for the rollout of the scheme to be scrapped. Opponents to the scheme say they want to restore common sense. Meanwhile another petition is calling for the zones to be extended.

Plymouth roads could be given controversial 20mph limits

As many as 80 roads across Plymouth could be reduced to 20mph in a bid to crackdown on roadsafety.

The tough new measures, proposed by the City Council earlier this week and backed by Cllr Brian Vincent, will be part of a long term scheme to "make roads safer and save lives".

Plymouth roads to be given controversial 20pmh limits Credit: ITV News

Restrictions will be introduced on roads in North Prospect, Ham, Leigham and Estover - including Wolseley Road, North Prospect Road and St Pancras Avenue.

But, the idea has polarised opinions in areas where it is already in use.

We are currently proposing reducing the speed limit in some areas of the city, as part of a range of measures.

The aim is to reduce the number and severity of road casualties among school pupils in the city, reduce speed in residential areas, and address local concerns that have been raised about traffic and transport issues.

– Cllr Brian Vincent

However the RAC Foundation has warned that without adequate "traffic calming" or active enforcement by local authorities, the introduction of a 20mph zone will only lead to a marginal drop in speed.

Plymouth City Council which is now seeking reaction from members of the public.

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Controversial 20mph zones continue to roll out

The roll out of Bristol's controversial 20 miles per hour scheme continues this week.

Roads in the north west of the city from Southmead through to Avonmouth are the latest to adopt the lower speed limit.

The scheme aims to cut road deaths and make streets safer for all. This is the seventh of eight areas in the city. The final phase will be completed in September.

Calls to halt Bristol's 20mph scheme thwarted by Mayor

Conservative councillors hoped to halt the roll-out of the 20mph scheme in Bristol Credit: ITV News

A move to halt the roll-out of Bristol's 20mph speed restrictions has been thwarted.

Conservative councillors claim the limits are being ignored by motorists and are making some roads more dangerous. At a meeting of full council they proposed a motion asking Bristol Mayor George Ferguson to give Neighbourhood Partnerships the powers to identify, prioritise and agree appropriate 20mph speed zones for their communities.

The motion was passed by councillors but the Mayor has the final say and he says he is committed to seeing the £2.3m scheme through.

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