Pay-and-display scheme one step closer to completion

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 May 2012

The scheme will now go out for formal consultation

The scheme will now go out for formal consultation

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PLANS to introduce on-street car parking charges in Weston moved a step closer to reality as North Somerset Council’s executive today (Weds) approved amended proposals.

The scheme was put forward earlier this year, with executive member for highways and strategic planning Elfan Ap Rees saying it would ease congestion in the town and unauthorised on-street parking.

Liberal Democrat councillors called the decision in last month, saying that the proposals would penalise residents in the affected area, while saying that a proposed charge of 40p for the first 20 minutes of parking was too expensive.

Council officers drew up alternative proposals, which saw the 40p charge dropped to 20p for the first 20 minutes of parking.

Up to one hour of parking will cost £1, one-and-a-half hours £1.80 and two hours £2.40, with a maximum stay of two hours.

The council’s six-strong Conservative executive today approved the proposed changes at an extraordinary meeting.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “We can obviously look at [similar] schemes in other towns and districts to look at what the general trend is, but this is new for us.

“It’s something we are doing not because we want to but because we need to and we believe it will actually help the centre of Weston in terms of turnover.”

Plans to develop tennis courts next to Grove Park into a car park will also continue.

The parking scheme will now go out for formal consultation before the executive makes a final vote on it.

It is then expected to be implemented in September.


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