Paradise lost? Proposals for three-storey parking are 'backward step' - residents
The small existing car park is a bit of a hidden spot with just 50 spaces, offering two hours free parking just behind the shops in East Street.
by Marcus Stone
Windmill Hill and Bedminster residents have described as 'a backward step ' proposals for a three-storey car park to replace the existing Little Paradise ground-level facilities.
The small existing car park is a bit of a hidden spot with just 50 spaces, offering two hours free parking just behind the shops in East Street. It is fairly low key and adjoins sheltered housing accommodation.
Nick Townsend, Chair of Windmill Hill and Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM), said: “Building a new three-story car park seems a very 20th Century backwards step in these days of climate emergency. As well as adding to road congestion and pollution, the building itself would overshadow nearby houses and could be very upsetting for those living in sheltered housing.
“We have been very concerned about the lack of information around these proposals, and the relatively late discovery of the car park idea in the overall scheme of Bedminster Green developments.”
It is thought any new car park would be funded by Bedminster Green developers, but would still be run by Bristol City Council. It is not clear whether any parking would still be free. It would include electric car charging points.
Councillor Charlie Bolton, Green, said: “As a Green, I am not in the business of supporting more car driving, and continue to see the need for more sustainable forms of travel. Having said that, I look at the car park, then I think about the Bedminster Green development with its potential 1,500 units and 3,000 or so people, and think it will have a far, far bigger impact on the area.”
A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “Proposals for a decked car park of three storeys have been drawn up, with a series of drop-in sessions about them due to take place throughout next month, ahead of final detailed plans being prepared by the end of March.’’
Consultation about the car park and wider Bedminster Green developments will take place as follows:
Monday, 2nd March – Bedminster Library, Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4AQ – 4.30-6.45pm
Thursday, 5th March – Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol, BS3 4EA – John James Room – 2.30-6.00pm
Thursday, 19th March – Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol, BS3 4EA – John James Room – 2.30-6.00pm
On the 5th and 19th of March, walkabouts are being held to visit the areas where improvements are being considered, and there will be opportunities to discuss what’s possible while there. These will start at Windmill Hill City Farm at 3.45pm.
Information and a survey will be online from Monday, 24th February until 23rd March 2020 at www.bristol.gov.uk/bedminstersurvey