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Residents' parking scheme agreed

16 November 07 10:17 GMT

Plans to charge residents to park outside their homes in central Bristol have been approved by the city council.

The aim, said the council, was to 'put residents first, support local shopkeepers, tackle congestion and boost park-and-ride facilities'.

A spokesman said: "The proposals offer car owners living in inner-city areas a chance to become part of a new residents' parking scheme."

The average annual charge would be about £200 for a two-car family.

The scheme would ring the city centre.

As well as giving residents priority to park near their own home, the new scheme would provide an opportunity for the immediate neighbourhood to benefit from other road safety and traffic management measures, said the spokesman.

"The new parking scheme could ultimately include Southville, parts of Bedminster and Windmill Hill, The Dings, St Paul's, Montpelier, Cotham and Clifton," he said.

The council said these were all areas which were struggling to cope with growing levels of commuter parking.

"The new scheme will be rolled out gradually, with those areas where residents are keenest to join getting the option to become early participants," he said.

Councillor Mark Bradshaw added: "This package will make it easier for those motorists who live in the heart of our city to be able to park near their home, something many people have been asking me for since I took up this role.

"The proposals would also help those from outside the central Bristol area who most need to get in to the city centre - by providing them with better car parking information."

Plans to increase the cost of long-stay car parking in council-run car parks in Bristol were also approved at the meeting.

The 25% rise is part of a move to discourage all-day parking and encourage use of park-and-ride schemes.

The residents' parking plan is to be launched in the new year.

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