Vehicle parking charges to launch in three Bristol parks

Parking charges aimed at raising investment for Bristol parks are set to begin at Blaise Castle Estate, Snuff Mills and Oldbury Court Estate next month.

All revenue from vehicle parking will be used for improving and maintaining the parks which have seen a large increase in visitors since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 60% of people say they visit their local park at least once a week, with other visitors coming from outside the Bristol boundaries. 

Most people in the city live within walking distance of green space, and exemptions will be in place in the car parks for blue badge holders, motorbikes and cyclists.

A number of waiting restrictions, including double and single yellow lines, have also been installed in surrounding roads to help manage parking at the sites and residential areas.

Our parks play a very important role in our city’s health. They’re not only huge contributors to our natural landscape but are sanctuaries for us all that boost both mental and physical health. We’re blessed to have so many green and open spaces, but there must be a means to invest and maintain them all. 

These new charges will contribute to making the funds available to maintain what we have and, where we can, expand that offer by improving facilities and introducing more events. We’ve also taken steps to help mitigate the impact on residential areas near these parks and will enforce parking restrictions in the area to protect all from obstructive parking. We’d love to see an increase in people choosing to walk, cycle and take public transport to our parks where they can, and for those who choose to drive there will be well maintained car parking facilities.

Councillor Ellie King, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Bristol One City

The new charges launch on 3 March and will operate between 9am and 6pm every day.

Car users will be charged £1 per hour or £3 for five hours, with alternative charges for minibuses or coaches.

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.

Further information associated with the parking charges at these three sites can be found on each park’s page on the council website.

Press release by Bristol City Council.