Over 100 changes made as Clifton Village Residents' Parking Scheme is approved

Over 100 changes – including longer pay and display times, extra permits for businesses and additional permits for hotels and conference venues – have been made as part of a formal decision to proceed with Residents’ Parking for Clifton Village. The scheme is now set to be launched in October this year and will be supported by a newly established Park and Ride bus service from the A4 Portway, which starts running its direct service in September.

It’s all part of the council’s ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ approach to implementing Residents’ Parking Schemes, with Clifton Village set to be the seventh of the 12 schemes in the current programme. Some of the biggest changes made following widespread consultation include:

 – Removing one and two hour maximum stay pay and display in the commercial core of the south part of the scheme, favouring three hours maximum stay pay and display. Everywhere north of Clifton Park will continue to have five hour maximum stay pay and display.

 – Changing business permit allocation from a flat rate of 7 per business to a new formula more suited to the area’s diverse and dense mix of business and residential properties. Business, schools, faith venues and other community organisations will now be able to apply for number of permits equal to 20% of Full Time Equivalent staff numbers, up to a maximum of 30 permits, plus 35% of the number of vehicles that can park in the bays adjacent to the organisation’s frontage (based on 5m per vehicle). Where a business owns more than one premises in an RPS area, the frontage allocation will be applied to each of the premises.

 – Special consideration has also been given to local hotels and conference or wedding venues.

Hotels can choose from permits for 50% of their bedrooms, plus 7 permits as a business or, if preferred, permits equal to 20% of their Full Time Equivalent staffing plus a ‘frontage allocation’ based on 35% of available parking spaces along their perimeter. For example, a hotel with 90 bedrooms would be entitled to apply for 52 permits under the first option.

Conference venues will be entitled to customer permits for 20% of their maximum delegate capacity, plus 7 permits as a business. Or, if preferred, permits equal to 20% of their Full Time Equivalent staffing plus a ‘frontage allocation’ based on 35% of available parking spaces along their perimeter.

Residents will receive 60 free visitor permits per year with the ability to purchase up to another 60 for £1 each to acknowledge the longer operating hours of the scheme.

Meanwhile to help commuters adjust to the arrangements, the council has arranged a new Park and Ride service serving Clifton Village. This service will start in September running three buses per hour in a direct journey from the A4 Portway Park and Ride to Clifton, with limited stops en-route and a journey time of around 20 – 25 minutes. It will be provided by Wessex Buses and is in addition to the recently established Long Ashton 505 Park and Ride service to Clifton and Southmead, launched in April 2014.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “This is the result of widespread consultation on the Clifton Village scheme and whilst I recognise that no single arrangement will suit everyone, I don’t think anyone can claim that we haven’t responded to people’s views.

“There’s been some strong debate in Clifton which plays a vital tourism and commercial role, but officers have balanced the various demands and made appropriate adjustments. I believe they have come to a conclusion which serves everyone as best as possible. As I have always said, we’ll need to see it in full operation for the trial period of six months which will flush out any operating problems, but I am confident that for the vast majority this will mean a Clifton where people can enjoy a cleaner and safer environment, park nearer their homes, visit shops and park long enough for an extended lunch or a leisurely hairdo!

“I thank the local councillors for their advice during what has been a challenging process.”

Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place, including Transport, added: “Developing a residents parking scheme for Clifton; an area with a high density of homes and business with relatively little parking; has proved challenging and I am grateful to all who have helped, including the local councillors, business representatives and the officer team. We wanted to find the fairest compromise in balancing the needs of residents, visitors and those travelling to work.

“The extension of park and ride services, with the new smart ticket and better promotion of local transport links are also important steps. There will be a three month health-check given the complexity of this scheme and we will also take on board any outcomes from the Mayor’s separate look at parking provision for Blue Badge holders. It is anticipated that further measures may come before Cabinet in the autumn, as will further learning about how RPS can also support local high streets.”

The scheme will also be one of the first to benefit from online permit applications. Details of how to apply will be sent to all households in coming weeks.

The scheme will operate from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday in streets north of Clifton Park, and from 9am – 9pm Monday – Saturday in the south of the scheme area; though in effect this means anyone parking from 6pm in pay and display until 9pm can stay overnight until 9am the next day.

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