Blaise Castle Estate parking meters installed as visitors will soon have to pay

By Ellie Kendall

Parking meters have been installed at the Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol, meaning this could be one of the last weekends you can park for free at the landmark.

Back in September, Bristol Live reported that Bristol City Council had put plans in place to install pay and display machines at the main Blaise Castle car park off Kings Weston Road, as well as in car parks at other beauty spots across the city - Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills among them.

While the parking meters were due to be installed during the months of November and December 2021, it seems that they have only just been put in place at the Blaise Estate this week.

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A spokesperson for Bristol City Council told Bristol Live that there is currently no date set for when charging will begin and a date is due to be confirmed soon.

According to the council's website, parking fees look set to be as follows:

  • £1 for up to one hour
  • £2 for up to two hours
  • £3 for up to five hours
  • If you wish to stay longer than five hours, you can pay for extra hours. Charging will apply between 9am and 6pm daily.
Bristol City Council planned to install the parking meters at the end of 2021 but they have only been put in place this week (Paul Gillis)

A number of waiting restrictions were also due to be put in place last year, including the installation of double and single yellow lines on sections of several surrounding roads.

The website states: "These parking management measures are being delivered ahead of charges coming in at the Estate to protect nearby junctions, driveways, and bus routes from obstructive parking."

Plans for drivers to pay a flat day rate of £2, along with the other restrictions, were first revealed by the local authority in June 2018.

Following the announcement a petition was launched to stop the plans, which received over a thousand signatures at the time.

It was hoped by local campaigners that any plans to introduce parking charges had been axed with Mayor Marvin Rees saying in July this year that his administration was doing "everything we can to make sure we avoid charges”.

At the time he said: “No one wants to come in and start introducing parking charges in parks unless there is a really dire financial need and that’s what we face."

Parking for Blue Badge holders and motorcycles with two wheels will be free with no time limits, and standard parking will be free before 9am and after 6pm.

Overflow parking may be implemented at busy times at Blaise Castle Estate and these will also be subject to the same charges as the main car parks.

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