Councillors raise parking concerns as long-awaited review begins

PUBLISHED: 06:55 23 November 2018

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Views from town and parish councils are being sought as North Somerset Council begins its long-awaited parking review.

In a letter sent out to all councillors, North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton confirmed he has asked ‘senior officers and council colleagues to undertake a complete review of parking and traffic flow’.

Cllr Ashton promised a cross-party review in January, but despite several appeals from councillors, it appears officers will carry out the analysis.

In his letter, Cllr Ashton said he wants to ‘find a better balance between the needs of residents, guests, shoppers, workers and visitors’.

The review will also look at car parking charges, which Cllr Ashton said had got out of hand earlier this year.

He said: “At this stage I am asking you to identify the key issues rather than suggest solutions, so that all views can be identified before we consider the options and process for dealing with them.”

Nailsea Town Council is hoping a number of issues will be addressed during the review.

Council chairman David Packham said: “We welcome the parking review, however Nailsea is presently reasonably well served for car parks although there is some concern about the all day parking along residential streets.

“We would also seek a review of long stay parking within the town so that a reasonable balance between short and long stay is achieved.

“With the planned growth for Nailsea there will inevitably be pressure on the car parks in the town and this will require careful analysis and solutions found to deal with the increased demand.

“The town council would like to see greater investment in reducing car usage where possible with improved signed walkways through the town, cycleways and improved public transport.

“We also would like to see improvements at the railway station which would lead to increased use of the trains. This will require more car parking and also bus links.

“Once we have formally undertaken a review we can feed back any other issues that arise.”

Yatton Parish Council also hopes the review will address parking problems around the railway station.

Many passengers resort to parking on surrounding streets to avoid paying Great Western Railway’s charges.

Cllr Wendy Griggs said: “We have tried for a long time to address that, but it’s still an issue.”

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