Clifton parking row: Three-hour maximum stay suggested

Sherman tank in Clifton
Image caption A Sherman tank was driven around Clifton village by people protesting against the parking scheme plans

A new offer of a three-hour maximum stay for parking in Clifton village is being made to end opposition to a planned residents' parking scheme.

Bristol City Council has begun a consultation in the streets where pay-and-display parking is proposed.

Last month traders angry with the plans drove a 1942 Sherman tank around Clifton in protest.

The mayor of Bristol wants to implement a city-wide scheme to deter commuter parking on residential streets.

Under the scheme residents would pay between £48 and £96 for permits.

'Too many cars'

The new consultation will deal with just one issue: whether people support an updated proposal to change the planned one and two-hour maximum stay parking places in the centre of Clifton village, instead making them three-hour spaces.

The move follows feedback to the council's formal consultation on its Traffic Regulation Order, which saw proposals for one-hour and two-hour spaces receiving the largest number of objections.

Mayor George Ferguson said: "I am confident that this residents' parking scheme will work well for Clifton village which currently suffers from too many cars fighting for too few spaces.

"There has been a strong voice supporting longer parking times for some streets, despite the nearby options for three and five-hour parking.

"I know this was at least partly due to a campaign by traders in particular, so in proposing a change to three hours I want to be sure that this wouldn't find equally strong opposition from a different set of people."

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