Bristol mayor: no new RPZs and parking charges frozen

Marvin Rees speaking at City Hall Credit: Bristol City Council

Bristol's new mayor Marvin Rees has re-stated his pledge to tackle inequality in the city. In his maiden speech at City Hall this afternoon the Labour mayor said a quarter of children in Bristol lived in poverty and the cost of housing was having a big impact on working people. Mr Rees said there would be no new Residents' Parking Zones unless communities specifically wanted them. He said the cost of parking permits in existing RPZs would be frozen until 2020. And Blue Badge holders would not be penalised for parking in RPZs.

"When I took office three weeks ago, I said I would bring in a different tone of leadership. I will seek the views and opinions of all, and those views will not only be sought, but listened to, and valued. "As councillors I invite you, irrespective of your personal party allegiance, to work with me. "I want you to be empowered in your communities so that we in Bristol can be a beacon of participatory democracy, where everyone has a stake and where no one gets left behind."

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol