Council introduces parking charges at beauty spot area near Bristol

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The North Somerset Council has made progress in introducing a new resident parking scheme in a beauty spot in Leigh Woods which will install new pay and display metres included in the proposed scheme.

This new parking system would function between 7 AM up to 10 PM for the whole week, including weekends and holidays. This will be implemented by the beginning of next year and would introduce 245 new metered parking bays. There are no information on the charges yet as they are still for review and will be presented once more by the end of this year.

It has been observed in a recent traffic study that 49% of those who are parking in the area are visitors and clients of the said beauty shops in Leigh Woods. 20% are residents and the remaining 31% are commuting visitors. This study has been conducted after several local residents and the parish council has reported the increase of parked cars in the area by visitors who work in Leigh Woods or are visiting the leisure park near the village.

As part of the scheme, two parking permits will be issued in every household. This scheme is implemented as the Council has seen the growth of the number of visitors coming into the area. Leigh Woods, as property and management under Forestry England, has seen this locality as a highly popular spot for strollers and nature lovers as it has several woodlands, paths and glades, and a spectacular view of the Avon Gorge.

A spokesperson of the North Somerset Council has reported about the increased need for organised traffic scheme as population and traffic in the area continually rises every year.

The scheme costs around £220,000 to introduce for implementation. The fees to be collected from parking meters will be utilised for the maintenance and operation of the entire parking scheme.

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