'Think again’ call over free Downs parking

November 03 2014

FREE parking on the Downs has long been enjoyed by people using the popular open green space.

FREE parking on the Downs has long been enjoyed by people using the popular open green space.
However, that could be coming to an end under controversial plans from Bristol mayor George Ferguson, which could see the removal of 500 free parking spaces.
Local MP Charlotte Leslie is calling on the mayor to have an "urgent rethink".
However, the council says that parking restrictions need to be applied because of the imminent parking scheme in Clifton Village, which will cause displaced commuter parking.
Leslie said: “Stoke Bishop and the Downs are already suffering from the consequences of RPZs.
“If we want to tackle Bristol’s public transport problems we need urgently to resurrect Bristol’s local rail, not forever shift the problem to the next street.”
Stoke Bishop councillor John Goulandris said: “I have real concerns over how the mayor is handling his plans to keep cars out of our city.
“We should look at this issue calmly and carefully. Instead, George has just thrown another grenade into the mix.”
George Ferguson told ITV News: "It's not about parking, it's about health, it's about the environment, it's about the quality of our air and it's about creating a civilised and good city to live in."
A spokesman for Bristol City Council said: “A public consultation was launched in September following discussions with the Downs Committee and the local neighbourhood partnership regarding parked cars causing problems for local residents and public transport in the area. 
"The feedback gathered from the consultation is now being analysed by officers and an update will be issued shortly.”

Charlotte Leslie with Stoke Bishop councillors