Pay-and-display expansion plans criticised

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 September 2013

Dangerous roads in North Somerset have been identified

Dangerous roads in North Somerset have been identified

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A PROPOSAL to extend Weston's pay-and-display parking scheme into a residential street could be scrapped.

North Somerset Council has compiled a six-month review of its on-street parking plan in Weston, and intends spending thousands on extending the scheme.

The plans include two additional ticket machines in Lower Church Road, with parking bays changed to pay-and-display.

But a working group set up to report on the progress of on-street parking said it was not fully convinced by the justification of safety being used to change the current scheme in Lower Church Road.

Councillor Mark Canniford said he was ‘concerned’ parking will become more difficult for residents as the scheme spreads throughout the town.

He said: “The argument for the town centre has been won in terms of satisfaction and the fact it probably works.

“But concerns come when we start moving up the hillside regardless of the current road restrictions.

“The more we do that the more difficult it becomes for residents. I am definitely opposed to the scheme going up the hill.”

Councillors at the planning and economic development policy and scrutiny panel also recommended charges in the Grove Park car park should be reduced to £1 after 6pm to support the Blakehay and Playhouse theatres.

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