Parking triumph at last for Staple Hill
Published on: 01 Sep 2014
After over two years of negotiations, Terry Sheen, president of the Chamber of Trade, is at last pleased to announce that new parking arrangements are in place for shoppers in Staple Hill.
The Chamber of Trade, South Gloucestershire Council, Chase Area Forum and the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership worked jointly to come up with the latest proposals which have now been put in place.
The idea behind the scheme is to encourage more people to visit the area for shopping, increasing the number of short-term spaces available.
Terry Sheen stated that the new restrictions can only be for the good of Staple Hill traders, the long-stay car park on the site of the old school has been used as a ‘park and ride’ facility by commuters to the detriment of all the shopkeepers. This new scheme will hopefully increase the footfall, that has disappeared over the last couple of years.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “Following a full public consultation we have introduced some changes to parking in the centre of Staple Hill which will help to increase the amount of short-stay parking which is available.
“Following feedback received during the consultation period, the long-stay car park on Page Road is now a short-stay car park. The short-stay car park in Haynes Lane is now being used as a long-stay car park.
“There is no change to on-street parking on the High Street and Broad Street which is permitted for two hours at a time and no return to a parking place in the same road within three hours.”
There are also two free short-term car parks near the Royal British Legion in Kendall Road.
It brings in total over 101 spaces available in the car parks with a short-stay term with also the added bonus of parking on the High Street and Broad Street.
The 55 spaces at the Page Road car park allow vehicles to park for free for a maximum of two hours between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. No return is allowed within an hour.
The car park behind the High Street and accessible via Page Road also has disabled bays and easy access to the shops via Sondwell Road for buggies.