Residents' parking scheme will cost £220k and could be in place by spring

PUBLISHED: 09:48 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:53 22 October 2019

Cllr Mark Canniford said there are 'major traffic problems' in Leigh Woods.

Cllr Mark Canniford said there are 'major traffic problems' in Leigh Woods.

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A decision on the first residents' parking scheme for a village will be made tomorrow (Wednesday).

The proposal could introduce on-street pay and display charges in Leigh Woods to address parking problems.

If agreed by North Somerset Council's executive at its meeting, around 245 spaces would be created along seven roads as early as summer 2020.

The village has become a hotspot for Bristol commuters since the city introduced its own residents' parking scheme in 2015.

REVEALED: First village in North Somerset to pilot residents' parking scheme.

The council has relaunched a review of its parking policies through its policy and strategic planning committee.

Cllr Mark Canniford, who is leading a review of parking across North Somerset and will present the report at the meeting, said: "We have been working with the community in Leigh Woods for nearly two years to tackle parking problems in the area.

"We are expecting Forestry England to introduce parking charges soon in its woodland car park and believe this will add to the problems.

"We are continuing to fully review parking in North Somerset and this proposal is part of this process, as we look to understand the best and fairest way to manage parking in our communities."

In spring, the authority ran a consultation around a package of proposals which would have seen several changes, from double yellow lines to restricted parking bays.

Responders asked to review the plans and consider introducing clear charges, with an exemption for residents, which has been included.

If agreed, the new pay and display zone, which would see residents able to apply for a digital permit, could be used as a trial for future villages.

Officers estimate the cost of installing the pay and display zone would be £221,000, which would be paid back from pay and display income within five years, with the ongoing costs of administration for the residents' permits covered.

The cost of permits and the level of charging have yet to be agreed but will be 'fair and reasonable', according to the council, and subject to more consultation, before finalised.

For information and to sign up to get updates about consultations, click here.

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