Review could extend Bedminster Parade free parking

PACGPs Jan 2016Bristol South MP Karin Smyth is encouraging people living in Bedminster and Southville to have their say as the city council continues its review into local residents’ parking schemes (RPS) in the areas. She is supporting calls for an extension of free parking time on Bedminster Parade to support local traders there.

The council’s deadline for reviews of the Bedminster East and Southville RPSs has been extended from its original deadline of 21 October to Friday 11 November.

“The more people who give their views during this review process, the better the chance of this council review being effective,” says Karin Smyth.

“One issue that has been raised with me by local traders on East Street is a wish for the current restrictions on Bedminster Parade parking to be relaxed slightly, by extending the ‘free’ parking time there to support traders and encourage passing custom.

“There is a strong local view amongst traders and others that a free 90 minute period on that stretch of road would be a positive step forward. I agree and would welcome thoughts not only from people living and working in the area nearby, but also from those who travel through Bedminster Parade and East Street and who might be more minded to use the local shops there if it was easier to park.”

People who want to have their say in the reviews can use this link for an online questionnaire, but the Labour MP added: “I know some people prefer to write their comments about these issues, and so should you wish to give me any thoughts about parking issues I would be pleased to pass them on to the city council on your behalf. You can write to Karin Smyth MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or email