Parking charges will not help city
SO WE are going to be charged for parking on Bristol's streets on Sundays. The city council has been thinking about it for years and now it is going to happen. But the arguments behind it are flawed.
The city council says that it hopes introducing these charges will encourage bus companies to bring in Sunday park and ride services.
That is simply perverse. The city council has been considering Sunday charges since 2007 so why on earth has it not sat down with the bus companies and secured a deal for Sunday services to coincide with the introduction of parking charges?
What they have done is to bring in the charges and then mention park and ride services as a lame after-thought without any great expectation of them being started.
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And this is a council that regularly talks about integrated public transport for heaven's sake.
This at a time when we as a city need to encourage people to come and shop over the weekends.
Once again the city council shows its true colours in wanting to penalise people to coming into Bristol at every opportunity.
To do this while we are in a recession shows a lack of understanding and thought.
This will do nothing to help the city out of economic gloom.