Responding to the CPZ: a Local Business Perspective
By Redland Kumon Centre | Thursday, November 29, 2012, 14:10
Whatever the pros and cons for residents of the new Controlled Parking Zone that goes live on Redland Road this weekend, as a local small business owner, the changes represent a challenge.
Here is the advice I have given to my current clients as they adjust to the new parking arrangements.
Parents may have noticed that a Controlled Parking Zone is being set up
in the area immediately around the Elmgrove Centre. This is part of a
wider Zone that will affect most of Cotham, Kingsdown and part of
Redland. Please study the official City Council map
so that you can familiarise yourself with the exact changes. The
Elmgrove Centre is located in the top right section of the map - zoom in
for the detail. The immediate impact on families driving to the Redland
Kumon Centre will be as follows:
The top part of Elmgrove Road, from the Elmgrove Centre upwards, will
become a Residents' Parking Zone from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm, Monday to
Friday. This means that you will not be able to park at all in that area between those hours.
The lower part of Elmgrove Road, as well as the section of Redland
Road between Cotham Brow and Zetland Road, will be a Pay and Display
Zone. This means that you will have to pay if you park there between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. The parking rate will be £1 per hour.
to the Kumon Centre, please think about the following options:
Could you walk to the Centre? A number of families already walk from
school or their homes to attend class. Is this a realistic possibility
for your family?
Could you cycle to the Centre? Railings for securing your bike are at
the front of the building, and it is hoped that an additional bike rack
will be installed at the Elmgrove Centre in due course.
Could you take the train to the Centre? The Redland Train Station is a
two-minute walk from the Centre. Direct trains run from Temple Meads
via Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill, and Montpelier; after Redland, trains
stop at Clifton Down, Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. The
journey is fast and reasonably priced. If you try this option, and have a
definite return train you need to catch, please send in a note with
your child so I can expedite their class session. Click here for the train timetable.
stops at Zetland Road and serves neighbourhoods between Temple Meads,
the Centre and Westbury-on-Trym. Bus services that stop on Gloucester
Could you join City Car Club?
The club provides affordable by-the-hour car rental with over 70 cars
located in designated parking bays across Bristol. It has its own
designated parking space on Redland Road, free for members. A free
membership campaign is currently running, so if you were considering
this option, now would be a good time to join.
Could you park further away? The Pay and Display Zone stops at Zetland
Road, so there are no restrictions further up Redland Road and on
Could you share lifts? Please get in touch if you would like to be put in contact with other families attending the Centre from your neighbourhood or child's school.
Could you come to class later? The Pay and Display Zone operates until
5.00 pm. Parking is free for the first 15 minutes after arriving
(though you will still need to get a ticket for the free period).
Therefore, it should be possible to park at 4.45 and pay nothing. The
Residents' Parking Zone on Elmgrove Road operates until 5.00 pm, so you
can also park there after that time. Classes at the Kumon Centre run
until 5.30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and until 7.00 pm on Wednesdays
Could you change your class day(s)? A dual-subject student who arrives for class at 4.45 on a Monday or Tuesday may
find it difficult to compete both sets of work and complete their
corrections before class closes. In such cases, attending on a Wednesday
or Thursday would remove that time pressure. .
We can assume that traffic wardens will be operating in force during
the early days of the new system, so if you are planning on paying to
park, please make sure that you have a £1 coin with you. Please remember
as well that you cannot park at all on the upper part of Elmgrove Road
before 5.00 pm, and that you risk having you car towed away if you do