Parking charges are set to be introduced to 10 of Bristol’s busiest free-of-charge car parks. A decision on whether or not the charges will be introduced is to be made on Tuesday (January 24) during a Bristol City Council Cabinet meeting.
The car parks chosen are among the city’s busiest, according to papers for the meeting which add that the introduction of pay-and-display charges will help improve managment by ‘making enforcement processes more efficient, discouraging all-day parking, maximising the use of space and ensuring effective turnover of spaces to support the local economy’.
The proposal comes as the city council is facing a £20.3 million budget gap in 2023/24. The council has already proposed savings of £16.2m for the 12 months from April.
The following car parks proposed to become Pay and Display:
- Beechwood Rd – Frome Vale
- Callington Rd – Brislington West
- Chalks Rd – St George West
- Derby St – St George West
- Ducie Road – Lawrence Hill
- Machin Road – Henbury & Brentry
- Repton Road – Brislington West
- Stoke View Rd - Fishponds
- Waverley Rd – Shirehampton
- Westbury Hill – Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze
The proposed car parks would have chrages from Monday - Sunday, 8am - 6pm. There would be a charge of £1 per hour with a maximum of four hours’stay, with no return within two hours. This will mirror the typical parking tariffs across the city. The plans add that there would be no charge or time limit for Blue Badge holders within these car parks.
The city’s authority hiked charges at more than 20 of its car parks around the city in October in a move estimated to raise £1.6million in added revenue per year. The council also hoped the price rises would complement the then-incoming Clean Air Zone by ‘discouraging long stay parking by encouraging more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, public transport and park and ride’.