The Bishopston & St Andrews Traffic and Parking Group (BOSA) welcomes the survey of residents’ views about parking and traffic in their streets that has just begun. We urge everyone to take part. BOSA’s hard work campaigning as a community group (BOSA) has got us this far and it would be great to have as many responses as possible so that the Council can understand our feelings properly.
Residents have received a survey postcard from the Council that contains a unique reference number which is linked to an address – this will be used to assess views of residents working or living in specific parts of the BOSA area. The survey will mean that we understand more about parking problems and residents’ views on solutions including, but not exclusively, residents’ parking zones (RPZ) such as those introduced successfully in other parts of the City.
The deadline for completing the online survey is 6 January. BOSA’s view is that it is crucial to take part in the survey, whatever opinions are held.
One BOSA member stated:
“I support this survey because the quality of life and community spirit has significantly deteriorated as the multitude of parking and traffic issues had increased. Life in our neighbourhood has become aggressive, stressful and dangerous. Verbal abuse is common place, as is vehicle damage, emergency vehicles getting stuck and vulnerable pedestrians struggling to use the pavements. This once cohesive and supportive neighbourhood has become divided between the haves and the have nots, this time the division is based on driveways and distance from key commuter hot spots.”
Gavin Spittlehouse a local resident is concerned about the impact on parking and safety when the new diesel ban is introduced:
“When the city centre diesel ban comes in (April 2021, part of the clean air zone), if we don’t have an RPZ here then we’ll be the obvious place for commuters heading into the centre to park their diesel cars. We’ll be the nearest they can park to the centre without being in an RPZ. They can get a bus from here down Gloucester Road to work. That means parking spaces will fill early in the morning and we’ll have hoards of diesels driving around in circles looking for somewhere to park, with all the congestion, traffic danger and air pollution that comes with it.”
Other residents who live outside the proposed survey area are worried that any scheme will simply push the problem further up the Gloucester Road where there is already pressure on parking. Residents are using their own survey to provide evidence to the Council and Councillors of their concerns. BOSA is willing to advise neighbouring community groups.