Residents to help shape parking strategy

North Somerset Council has pledged to involve local residents and businesses in creating a “fair and affordable” parking policy across the district.

The council’s Executive has decided to set up a new panel of councillors to take a fresh look at parking in the area.

The panel will consider a number of issues including the fairness of parking charges, options and opportunities for residential parking permits and will draw up a parking strategy for the future.

Initially it will set out a programme for the review before seeking the views of residents, businesses and organisations to help shape the future parking strategy for the district.

The panel will be chaired by Cllr John Crockford-Hawley. It will include councillors representing the most directly-affected wards and communities across the district from all political groups on the council.

“Speaking with local residents, parking is clearly a very emotive issue,” said Cllr Mark Canniford, executive member for business, economy and employment.

“There is an appetite in this new cross-party administration to create a fair and affordable parking policy and we are keen to involve residents and businesses in this process. As the review progresses we will be keeping the local community informed and giving everyone the opportunity to share their views with us.”