Clifton Village residents' parking scheme raises £517,265

Cars parked in Clifton
Image caption Despite the measures competition for parking spaces in Clifton remains keen

Motorists parking in one part of Bristol have paid out £517,265 since restrictions came into force in March.

The pay-and-display machines were installed around Clifton Village as part of the city-wide roll out of a residents' parking scheme.

Bristol City Council said any profits were spent on the scheme and reviews.

But those opposed to the parking zones said it was a "cash cow" for the council. Those in favour said it made daytime parking easier.

Image caption Protesters drove a tank through Clifton in 2014 to protest at the scheme

The measure was part of a a staged rollout of parking zones, to stop commuter parking, introduced by Mayor George Ferguson.

But it has divided opinion and in April 2014 Clifton traders drove a tank through the area protesting at the "lack of consultation" and handed in a 5,000-name petition.

Businessman Mark Moran, who has campaigned against residents' parking zones in Clifton said the figures "didn't come as a surprise" and believed it was a "cash cow for the council".

"To pretend the whole scheme ultimately wasn't about making a lot of money wouldn't be exactly truthful," he said.

"It's certainly not about making life easier for residents or people moving around Bristol."

A city council spokesman said the scheme had been introduced "to give residential streets back to the people who live there, and to reduce congestion".

"Feedback we have had from all areas, including Clifton Village, has been largely positive," he said.

Pay-and-display income

Clifton Village £517,265

Clifton East £173,819

Kingsdown £174,915

Cotham £87,538

Cotham North £70,628

Easton St Phillips £60,707

Cliftonwood £51,910

St Pauls £42,530

Redland £19,564

Montpelier £18,743

Bower Ashton £4,239

Bedminister East £5,228

Source Bristol City Council, figures for 2015/6 financial year up to Nov '15

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