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Bristol councillors reject Cliftonwood parking plan

CPZ sign
The annual charge for a two-car family would be about 200

The first stage of a residents' parking scheme in Bristol will not proceed following a council vote.

A meeting of the city council's cabinet voted against the plan for Cliftonwood which would have seen residents pay to park outside their homes.

A similar scheme in Kingsdown was deferred to allow more consultation.

The average annual charge for a permit would be about £200 for a two-car family, but this would not guarantee a space near their property.

Councillor Jon Rogers, executive member for transport, told BBC Bristol he was disappointed by the decision.

'No brainer'

He said: "We decided that the views of the people in Cliftonwood were clear and they did not want it.

"Although there are strategic advantages to improve transport by removing some of the free commuter parking in those streets and easing the congestion for local residents, on balance we felt we would not proceed.

"It (the feedback) was more mixed in the Kingsdown area. There we had 203 votes for residents' parking and 200 against.

"The residents in Kingsdown have voted three times in favour and each time the council has stopped it [the scheme].

"If we have free parking all the way round our centre then commuters from outside the city will drive in, park for free all day, block up our roads and go home. It's a no brainer as far as I'm concerned."

Bernard Cooke, from campaign group Keep Parking Free, said time would tell if the Kingsdown scheme goes ahead.

Mr Cooke said: "If enough people say 'no we don't want it' then I think we should expect it will not happen.

"If people in Kingsdown are much in favour then that will be democracy."

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