Council launches new review of parking charges to create 'fair and affordable' policies

PUBLISHED: 16:16 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:16 25 June 2019

Newfoundland Way, Portishead.    


Newfoundland Way, Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


A review of parking regulations across North Somerset has been scrapped and restarted, as the local authority's new leadership seeks to create a 'fair and affordable' policy across the district.

North Somerset Council's executive committee has announced it has binned a Conservative-led review of parking rules, in favour of setting up a cross-party panel to forge a new policy.

The panel, chaired by Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, is to examine the fairness charges across the district.

On-street charges have proved unpopular in Weston, and the review will assess the pros and cons of charging people to park on streets elsewhere.

A review had been started earlier this year by the council's former Conservative leadership, but it was met with criticism due to a lack of cross-party involvement - prompting it to be ditched after the Tories lost power in May's local elections.

The authority's rainbow coalition hopes it can bring fairness to motorists.

Cllr Mark Canniford, executive member for business, economy and employment, said: "Speaking with local residents, parking is clearly a very emotive issue.

"There is an appetite in this new cross-party administration to create a fair and affordable parking policy and we are keen to involve residents and businesses in this process.

"As the review progresses we will be keeping the local community informed and giving everyone the opportunity to share their views with us."

One of the issues sure to be on the agenda for the new panel is regulations at Portishead's marina.

Emergency vehicles, waste-collection lorries and buses have all struggled to navigate through a labyrinth of badly-parked cars in roads such as Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way, prompting double yellow lines to be painted on a trial basis in November.

That period is drawing to a close, and the council is yet to decide if the regulations will be made permanent.

A spokesman said: "We are waiting for comments from the bus company before we make any recommendations whether the scheme should be permanent.

"It does seem that the restrictions have had a positive impact on large vehicles moving through the estate."

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