By Sam Rkaina and Dan Evans
KINGSDOWN residents will be consulted on a series of changes to Residents’ Parking Zone (RPZ).
The area has been the guinea pig for a scheme that charges people for the right to park, in a bid to cut down on commuter parking.
Costing £522,047, it was introduced in January, despite a vocal “anti” campaign, but Bristol City Council says the response to the RPZ has been mostly positive since it actually came into force.
Residents living within the zone have to pay £30 a year to park one car, £110 for two and £310 for three.
At a meeting of the cabinet last night, councillors gave the go-ahead for statutory consultation to be carried out that could see a number of minor changes to the scheme.
These include increasing pay and display stays from two hours to three, introducing permits for landlords who live outside the zones but have properties within it and a new system for qualifying for business permits.
The cabinet also agreed to ask Neighbourhood Partnerships if they would be interested in RPZs for their areas.
Previous consultation on the zones in 2009 showed most parts of the city were against the idea.
But since then, residents in Redcliffe have petitioned the council for a zone to be introduced in their area. It is one of the partnerships that will be consulted, along with Cotham, St Paul’s, Easton and St Philip’s.
Executive cabinet councillor for transport Timothy Kent said of the Kingsdown RPZ: “It’s very clear that now it is in place, more residents support it than had done beforehand.”
And, reassuring other parts of Bristol who will be consulted on getting the scheme, he added: “It isn’t some evil scheme being brought down on you by the council.”