On-street parking in Weston town centre a step closer

Plans to introduce an on-street pay and display parking scheme in Weston town centre have moved a step closer, following the end of the statutory consultation period.

According to North Somerset Council the scheme is intended to answer concerns by traders, shoppers and disabled drivers over parking congestion and unauthorised on-street long stay parking by making spaces more easily available.

With the plans set to make spaces more available to shoppers- raising the economic vitality of the town and improving traffic flow and disabled parking.

In the consultation period, which ran from June 14 to July 13, 40 individual comments were received, including 20 from the 1,100 residential addresses within the scheme area. Of the 40 comments only 15 people in the zone actually objected, with others either agreeing with the scheme or providing constructive suggestions.

In addition to the official consultation an unofficial survey by local ward members among the residents was received, with a 24% response from 500 surveys reportedly sent out. Over 50% of these responses were in favour in principle of the scheme.

The consultation results were released in a week in which plans to introduce car parking charges in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead were given a knock-back after North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox showed his support – story here – for traders and campaigners protesting against the intorduction of car-parking charges.

The Weston & North Somerset Echo welcomes any comments from traders in the area as to whether they support or don’t support the scheme and why?