North Somerset parking review extended

Plans to bring new parking charges to Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea have been put on hold.

The new tariffs were proposed earlier this year as part of a cross-party parking review launched in response to ongoing problems across North Somerset.

At its meeting today (Wednesday 21 October) North Somerset Council’s Executive voted to extend the review to better assess the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on parking habits before changes are made, and to continue work to look at options to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes.

We ran a consultation about proposed parking changes in February and March. But with the impact of the national lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, now is not the time to be making big changes to parking in our town centres or on our seafronts.

We have listened to feedback from residents and town councils and can confirm we will not be taking forward proposals for new charges at this time, but we will continue to look at the management of parking in North Somerset as part of our longer-term planning.

Executive member with responsibility for parking, Cllr Mark Canniford

Consultation results showed support for parking charges to be introduced at Leigh Woods where a scheme has been called for by local residents for some time.

With different issues, including the impact of commuter parking, the Leigh Woods area has a much clearer case for introducing an on-street parking scheme now which includes pay and display parking charges and residents’ permits.

The Leigh Woods scheme can then act as a pilot as we look to introduce resident parking schemes throughout the district, including in Weston, as the impact of on-street parking was a strong theme in the consultation.

Cllr Canniford

Charging is expected to be introduced to the streets around Leigh Woods next year. As well as extending the review, transport officers will also look at issues raised as part of the consultation and investigate solutions.

Press release by North Somerset Council.