Oldbury Court parking charges threat

March 03 2018

A further fear is that the council will introduce double yellow lines in neighbouring roads to encourage drivers to use the car park, which would mean people living locally could no longer park outside their homes.

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A further fear is that the council will introduce double yellow lines in neighbouring roads to encourage drivers to use the car park, which would mean people living locally could no longer park outside their homes.

The council has toyed with the idea previously but proposals have not been followed through.

This time, however, the authority is under increasing pressure to balance the books.

Resident Stuart Main said even on cold winter weekdays more than 80 cars come and go from the car park, with numbers rising to more than 250 in summer.

"Imposing charges at Oldbury Court Estate will simply move parked cars from the existing car park into local streets, including Perrymans Close, Oldbury Court Drive, Oldbury Court Road, St Matthias Road and parts of Gill Avenue. As a result, already narrow roads will be reduced to single lanes from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, all year round.

"This excessive parking will greatly increase the likelihood of roads and driveways being obstructed and make access by car to the park itself more difficult. Some residents will find that they can no longer park anywhere near their properties."

Mr Main said ambulances, delivery lorries and support vehicles such as carers' cars will find access more difficult and, at busy times, impossible. 

"It’s a very serious issue when you, a delivery or an ambulance cannot get anywhere near your property due to chaotic parking," he said.

"Since plenty of free parking is available within one minute's walk of Oldbury Court Estate, it is obvious that  the current proposal for charging for parking is unrealistic and highly problematic.If the council is intent on charging then this proposal needs to be completely rethought to take into account the genuine concerns of local residents and park users. There also needs to be much more local consultation before any final decisions are taken."

Chris Rowbury, who also lives nearby, said the council may introduce double yellow lines to 'persuade' visitors to park in the chargeable car park.

"The inevitable result will  be unhappy residents, gridlock at weekends and holidays and mere congestion at all other times," he said."I know that in the past an ambulance has been unable to get through carelessly parked cars and a suite of furniture was carried the length of my road - and it can only get worse. The area barely copes now but with parking restrictions and proposals for large events it will be un-liveable. 

"Will Bristol City Council not consider that Oldbury Court is unsuitable for their money raising plans? It is radically different from other parks in that it is accessed through narrow residential streets, has inadequate and often closed car parks, and no handy bus links.

"There is no simple solution without significant cost which renders the present plan unworkable."

A council spokeswoman said: "We will shortly be undertaking public engagement on the proposals for a new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which will incorporate the planned car parking charges as well as new waiting restrictions outside of the estate on the surrounding road network.

"Local residents will receive a letter drop with the proposals, we hope that this will take place in the next few weeks. These proposals will also be hosted on the council’s Consultation Hub for residents and stakeholders to view.

"This public engagement will be aimed at those immediately affected by the new TRO and will last approximately two weeks.

"The feedback from this engagement will be considered and any necessary amendments that will enable the scheme to be implemented will be – this will then be communicated to all residents.We t ook the decision to introduce parking charges to help us protect frontline services across the city."