Anger at plans for more residents' parking zones
PLANS to create more residents' parking schemes in Bristol have been met with outrage in St Paul's.
Residents have claimed that the council is attempting to fix a problem that doesn't exist in the area by making them pay for parking.
A consultation is under way in the neighbourhood. If the scheme is approved, it could see residents pay £30 a year to park outside their homes.
Notice of the consultation for proposed changes fell through letterboxes in St Paul's last week.
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Matthew Merttens, who lives in Ashley Road, St Paul's, said: "There is absolutely no problem with parking in the area. I park behind my house and there is never an issue with finding a space.
"I would be really reluctant to pay for a permit which is supposed to ease a problem that just isn't there."
The changes would require residents to buy parking permits which would allow them to park between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Vehicles without a permit will have to have a pay-and-display ticket.
Mr Merttens, a 24-year-old carpenter, added: "The scheme doesn't make sense as most people want to park their cars when they get back from work – when it will be free for anyone. It should be the other way round. It sounds more like a money making scheme than a parking scheme."
Max Hubbard who lives on Conduit Road, St Werburgh's, told the Post that there was no issue with parking on his street either.
Mr Hubbard, who runs car boot sales in Bristol, said: "It's just outrageous. It's just another fund-raising exercise by the council."
He added: "If you start introducing parking restrictions in the daytime that's not helping the residents. If there's a parking problem at all it's in the evenings."
The council says it is attempting to replicate the "success" of a scheme in Kingsdown and has similar plans for Redcliffe and Cotham too.
But residents in Kingsdown have accused the council's scheme of not benefiting its users.
Patrick Goudge, 27, who lives on King Square, Kingsdown, said: "It doesn't really benefit the residents.
"After work – when residents need the spaces – anyone can park there."
Bristol City Council has defended the schemes.
A spokesman said: "Bristol residents' parking schemes are not designed to make money. They are designed to solve problems.
"The consultation is about finding out if a scheme could work for St Paul's. The council is confident that a scheme could solve a lot of problems for local people, and there are already many in the area who support this view."