New parking charges for Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court estates

Parking charges are to be introduced in Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court Estate car parks, alongside parking restrictions on many surrounding streets.

The changes are being brought in to help manage parking at both sites and to enable investment in all of Bristol’s parks and green spaces.

Pay and display machines are due to be installed in November and December in three car parks – the main Blaise Castle car park off Kings Weston Road, Oldbury Court, and Snuff Mills.

A number of waiting restrictions, including double and single yellow lines, will also be installed on sections of several surrounding roads in the next few weeks, weather permitting.

These parking management measures are being delivered to protect junctions, driveways, and bus routes from obstructive parking.

Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health, said:

Our parks and green spaces are already hugely popular with Bristolians and we want to ensure they remain attractive places to visit for future generations. As well as taking care of natural and heritage assets across the city, we plan to host more events and activities and improve play, café, and toilet facilities. This requires significant investment for which the new parking charges will generate vital funds, during a time when the council is under increasing financial pressure due to government cuts and the impacts of the pandemic. The new arrangement will help to ensure that green spaces across the city are a welcoming place for locals, visitors and wildlife for years to come.

The standard charges, which will apply every day between 9am and 6pm at the three car parks, are: 

  • £1 for up to one hour
  • £2 for up to two hours
  • £3 for up to five hours

Parking for Blue Badge holders and motorcycles with two wheels will be free with no time limits, and standard parking will be free before 9am and after 6pm.

Cllr Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

As well as raising vital funds for our green spaces, the new arrangements will help to encourage a higher turnover of spaces and reduce obstructive parking on surrounding roads. This will help to ease issues with traffic congestion in the area, which will also help to keep buses running on time. We would also encourage everyone to walk, cycle or get the bus for short journeys if they can, as this will also help us to deliver clean air for Bristol and meet our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.

At Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court car parks, overflow parking may be implemented at busy times and these will also be subject to the same charges as the main car parks.

Blaise Castle Estate car park will have some coach bays for use for coaches and minibuses. Pay and display charges for these will vary between £3 and £25 depending on the size of the vehicle and the length of stay.

Warning signs will be in place in car parks ahead of the changes going live later in the year.

Updates will also be posted on the Blaise Castle Estate and Oldbury Court Estate pages on the council website.

Press release by Bristol City Council.