Bristol City Council is proposing to introduce Sunday and bank holiday parking charges across all on street parking locations in the city centre.
Charges are set to apply across all pay and display machines in the Central Parking Zone (city centre) area. The proposals are intended to support the city’s seven-day economy and support local retail and leisure businesses by encouraging the turnover of cars parked in on street parking bays.
All related income from parking charges and fines, above and beyond what is required to operate the service, is used to support the council’s transport division and activities such as concessionary bus fares and filling potholes. The revenue raised from the new parking charges would be used for such transport improvements.
Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport says: “We expect that introducing these new parking charges would have a number of benefits. Firstly, Sunday parking charges should help to support the local economy by encouraging more people to visit the city centre. Currently many of the parking bays in the area are occupied by the same vehicles all day, which means there are fewer opportunities for visitors to park. The new charges should encourage the turnover of these parking bays and also help to reduce pollution and congestion by encouraging more people to take public transport.”
Under the plans, overnight and evening charges are also proposed to be introduced in the outer zone of the central parking zone, which would bring them into line with other on street parking areas in the city centre.
Further details of the proposals and the council’s reasons for proposing the changes can be found at the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6AG, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday, as well as on the council’s website – search Traffic Orders.
Objections to the proposals can be submitted until 4 May 2018 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Highways Service (100 TS) , PO Box 3176, Bristol BS3 9FS.