Council is biting hand that feeds
SO, Big Brother (sorry, Bristol City Council), has deemed it law that the good people visiting Bristol on Sundays and Bank Holidays only need four hours maximum street parking to enjoy their visit.
It has also decided that the large percentage of the private sector workers, whose hours can be unsociable e.g. Sundays/evenings and bank holidays, on minimum wage and very few pension opportunities, shouldn't be able to park any longer than four hours either.
So they're not entitled to get home safely should they be working an evening shift serving us, the public
On said Sundays or Bank Holidays, I like to put my bike away, the one I use all week as a necessity to get to work (my hours by the way are any day Mon-Sat, anywhere between 7am-8pm), get in the car with the family and go into Bristol, which I love and support as much as I can.
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I visit the shops, maybe a waterfront walk and, more often than not, a meal to finish off the day. I work by the clock all week, like lots of other folk, I certainly won't be told to do it on a leisure day as well.
Bristol has so much going for it. Almost every weekend there's some event to draw in visitors. Why are Bristol City Council so intent in biting the hand that feeds them. The traders of Broadmead, Cabot Circus and The Galleries should be fighting this all the way if they want to boost business, especially as Destination Bristol is a local authority controlled company.
Of course, this could be an opportunity for the private car parks to charge a nominal fee, say £1.50 to park all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays, to fill their parks to capacity and cash in.
Let's hope that when a mayor is finally elected, he/she will value the visitors and tourists that come to Bristol a heck of a lot more than Bristol City Council.