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

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:22 26 September 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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The first village to pilot a residents' parking scheme in North Somerset has been revealed.

North Somerset Council will adopt a scheme in Leigh Woods after homeowners and the Leigh Woods Society demanded one as up to 400 cars park on residential roads each day.

The authority has re-launched a review of its parking policies through its policy and strategic planning committee.

Speaking exclusively to the Times, Mark Canniford, the council's executive member for business, economy and employment, revealed the scheme will be rolled out 'fairly quickly'.

Cllr Canniford said: "There are major traffic problems with people parking in Leigh Woods and leaving their cars there all day while they go to work.

"Leigh Woods is in the forward plan to be discussed, councillors and residents want it, we just have to make that system stack up but there are no costs or prices just yet.

"We will pilot this scheme and make sure it works then if residents want a scheme led by them and not the council, we will then roll out a scheme we know works rather than a scheme we haven't even tried.

"Long Ashton Parish Council is really keen for it so it will be neglectful of us if we didn't do something for them to help out."

The authority, which owns several car parks across the district and is responsible for enforcing on-street regulations, raised more than £3million through its meters and wardens in 2018/19.

Forestry England, which splits the management of popular woodland area Leigh Woods with the National Trust, introduced car parking charges for the first time this summer.

Cash-free machines which only accept card payments were installed and money generated from these charges goes back into the cost of managing the site.

MORE: Car parking charges introduced at popular woodlands.

The council's deputy leader, Mike Bell, said the authority is looking at parking charges 'everywhere across North Somerset'.

He added: "There is clearly discussion and debate to be had in an administration where we've got all towns represented.

"We're determined to have a fairer balance of parking income and fines across the district.

"Residents' parking is not something we are going to deliver in five minutes, we want to get it absolutely right."

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