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Bristol parking enforcement delayed due to permit backlog

A new residents' parking zone in the Cliftonwood and Hotwells zone of Bristol has been delayed as a result of a backlog in the number of permits being issued.

The area is the seventh in the city to implement the parking enforcement, which aims to crack down on illegal parking and people parking irresponsibly.

The authority confirmed that the delay was a result of "insufficient information being received with some [resident permit] applications".

People parking in the marked bays are to be given a two-week grace period while the scheme is rolled out, and will be given letters warning them that the permit scheme is to take place.

Following the introduction of the parking restrictions, drivers will be able to park for a maximum of three hours in most residential streets in the area, to ensure that residents are not forced to park a long way from their homes by other drivers parking in the roads.

Some shop owners are not happy about the plans, however. Patrizio Smith, who runs a barber's shop, said that rolling out a residents' parking zone (RPZ) will lead to less trade for him and other local businesses.

He told the Bristol Post: "We have no choice but to accept an RPZ in this area but we have not been consulted properly about it. We rely on some of our customers being able to drive here and park outside. If we lose 10 or 20 per cent of our trade, it could break us."

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