The new scheme will help residents, commuters and other vehicles share available spaces fairly, whilst also working towards making the roads safer and the air cleaner.
Parking in the area will be separated into resident and visitor bays, with pay and display visitor charges between the hours of 9am and 9pm and new parking permits available for residents.
Consultation feedback has been vital in developing the scheme to ensure that it best meets the needs of the community. In particular, responses from residents helped to set out the number of different bays, pay and display charges and an extra allocation of visitor hours for resident permit holders with care needs.
The scheme also includes the first roadside electric vehicle charging point in North Somerset, marking another important step towards widespread sustainable travel in the coming years.
Councillor Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who responded to our consultations on the Leigh Woods parking scheme. Your feedback has helped to shape these proposals into something that we hope can address local parking and congestion issues in a way that is fair.
“I’m also pleased to announce inclusion of an EV charging point in the scheme and hope this will be the first of many roadside chargers across North Somerset. This is forward-thinking design, vital in laying infrastructure necessary to support the future shift to electric vehicles and we will need many more of these as we work towards our ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.”
Following the decision to take forward the Leigh Woods on-street parking scheme, work will begin after Christmas to launch the new permits and fit pay and display machines. The scheme will be reviewed after six to twelve months to understand how it is working and if any changes need to be made.
Residents will be able to find out more about permits and how to apply in the coming weeks. You can read more about the scheme and the impact of the consultation at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/leighwoodsparking