Bristolians concerned about parking but keen to support local businesses, Town Survey reveals
People in Bristol are more concerned about parking than drivers in most other areas of the country, according to a new nationwide poll.
However, the first Town Survey conducted by localpeople.co.uk also found that Bristolians are more likely than other areas to choose to shop local and support independant businesses on the High Street.
LocalPeople polled more than 5,000 people across their network of 165 community sites to reveal how local residents feel about the towns in which they live.
Two in five people said that poor public transport made them dependent on their cars to get about, despite the fact that parking provisions in many towns were unable to keep up with the increasing amount of traffic on the roads.
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Diane Wehrle, research director at Springboard, noted that footfall in town centres had declined by around 20 per cent over the last five years.
She added: "This can in part be explained by the availability of free and plentiful parking at out of town shopping locations."
Difficulties with parking are perhaps part of the reason that residents in Bristol are keen to support independent retailers, with a fifth of people polled choosing to shop on their doorstep.
In 2011 chain retailers reduced their numbers by 0.25 per cent, while independent businesses grew by 2.4 per cent.
Clare Rayner, Retail Expert, said the rise of independents in the wake of the fall of many multiples was evidence of "a long-term and sustained shift in consumer preferences".
She added: "Gone are clone towns, consumers have voted with their feet, local people want a relevant, local, engaging and inspiring shopping experience."
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