By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
But it has been told that consultation on the plans will not be extended.
The route from Yate to Old Market is one of 10 bus corridors included in the £78.8 million Greater Bristol Bus Network Project.
Part of it goes through Fishponds Road, but a number of proposed changes to parking and road layouts have alarmed traders and residents in the area.
Businesses say the loss of parking will have a negative effect on their businesses and question whether providing a bus priority lane in the area is really necessary.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition against the plans, and now the Neighbourhood Partnership has added its voice to the objections.
Neighbourhood Partnerships are committees of residents and councillors which are supposed to give local people more say on Bristol City Council matters.
David Mock is a member of the transport and traffic sub-group, and he has written to the council setting our their concerns. He said: “Proposed bus lanes in other parts of the city have been installed after urban design rather than highway planners have made beneficial contributions to the schemes.
“Unfortunately this has not happened in Fishponds where the only priority has been the bus corridor.”
“No consideration has been made to the ambiance of the town centre and its enhancement during this process.”
The partnership voted to oppose the plans at a meeting earlier this month, arguing that the bus lane “is very likely to destroy the shopping centre and affect the wider community within Fishponds in order to save buses a maximum of 35 seconds travel time in the morning peak and two minutes on the evening return where there would be no proposed bus lane”.
Mr Mock said: “This brings the Neighbourhood Partnership in line with the overwhelming consensus of opinion demonstrated at the two public meetings on the subject, and the 1,900-signature petition objecting to the bus lane and associated changes to the adjoining roads around Fishponds town centre which has already been presented to the council.
“We are also concerned that a bus lane running next to busy pavements full of shoppers will lead to a much more dangerous environment as taxis and buses will use the lane and there will be no ‘cushion’ of parked cars to protect pedestrians from them.”
The group requested a one month extension to the formal consultation process that is currently being carried out to consider alternate proposals. But the council says this is not possible because it is part of a formal process.
Spokeswoman Kate Hartas said: “The formal consultation serves to gather comments of support or objections to various elements of the traffic scheme.
“It is a legal process, and the comments are be analysed after its close. We cannot comment on individual submissions, but there are no plans to extend the consultation beyond the closing date.”