Councillors in Bristol have approved expenditure to take forward work on a workplace parking levy.
Councillors voted by 55 votes to 13 to accept a Green Party amendment to the council’s 2020/21 revenue budget, which included spending £30,000 to update work on a levy scheme so that it can be presented for consultation with businesses.
The officer assessment of the Green’s proposal said: “Authorities must demonstrate that they have properly consulted local businesses, secured support from them, and addressed any concerns raised. We cannot therefore implement one [a workplace parking levy] without business approval, which would not be forthcoming if it was not linked to transport improvements and was effectively to cover revenue budget gaps.”
The Green Party also tabled an amendment to the council’s capital budget for 2020/21, including a proposal to spend £8.85m on a congestion charge scheme that would apply to non-Bristol residents.
Councillors rejected this package of amendments.
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