News Update No1. September 2020: Your City Our Future consultation survey & Pavement Parking Survey

News Update No1. September 2020

Welcome to our latest update, and apologies that we have not uploaded
on since early August. Staff annual leave meant this was not possible.

  1. Your City Our Future
    consultation survey
  1. This week is your last chance to have a say in what Bristol is like in the future.
    Covid-19 has had a big impact on our lives and income. The city will
    need to recover and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to
    rethink what kind of future we want for Bristol and make some big,
    positive changes.

  2. This survey is your chance to tell the Council what you liked and disliked
    about living in Bristol before lockdown, about your experiences during
    lockdown, and what you would like Bristol to be like in the future.
    The Council want (and need) to hear from as many people as possible
    from all parts of Bristol so that Bristol’s future improves life for everyone.
    So, make sure Disabled people’s needs and ambitions are not
    overlooked, but completing the survey before 9 th September 2020.
    You can take part at: until 9 th
    September 2020.

  1. Pavement Parking Survey

Consultation on How to Stop Parking on Pavements
The government is consulting on whether pavement parking should be
banned. This in response to evidence that it significantly impacts on the
lives of pedestrians with vision and mobility impairments, those with
pushchairs and buggies, young children, etc.

They are asking for your views on three options. None of the options
would apply to emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles loading and
unloading things (for a maximum of 20minutes), refuse trucks, street
cleaners, urgent of emergency health care practitioners (whilst working)
such as midwives, vehicles connected to essential work to roads,
pavements, utilities (water, power, etc to buildings).

Option 1 – Improve the current system
Keep things as they are but make it a bit easier for local authorities to
put restrictions on specific roads using the existing Traffic Regulation
Order (TRO) system, as creating new TROs is a lot of work at the
moment. The main advantage is that the government would only need
to make the process of getting a TRO a lot easier. The main
disadvantage of keeping things the same is that the level of pavement
parking would not improve by very much.

Option 2 – To give local authorities the power to take
action (fines) against ‘unnecessary obstruction’ caused by
pavement parking.
The main advantage is that this option would enable local authorities to
hand out fines, without the government having to ban pavement parking
across the whole country. The main disadvantage is that it would be
difficult to define when a parking obstruction is ‘unnecessary’, so fines
are likely to be challenged quite frequently. This would, among other
things, put local authorities off taking action because of the cost to them
of lots of appeals against fines.

Option 3 – A national ban on pavement parking.

This option would introduce a general rule against pavement parking
except where a local authority gives permission for it on specific roads or
residential areas e.g. emergency vehicles could not get through.

This option would extend a ban that already applies across London.
One advantage of this is that it would be much clearer to motorists
where they could, and couldn’t, park on the pavement. Another is that
decisions could be made locally about where there is a need for
pavement parking.

The main disadvantage is that it would take a lot of work to identify
which roads/areas the local authority should give permission for
pavement parking, which would also be expensive.

A new law would also need to include a period of time for motorists to
get used to the new law.

To respond to this consultation, go to:

We want to make sure that the government hears the views of Disabled
people in the Bristol area. So we can do this, we need you to tell us
which option you think is best.

Please email, telephone or reply on our social media, telling us
which option you think is best for Disabled people and others who are
put at risk by pavement parking.

Telephone: 01179 140528