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Stop Zoo car parking on the Downs
bristol | the environment | announcement Tuesday January 26, 2010 15:00 by Roger Yates - Bristol Downswatch downswatch at yahoo dot co dot uk 45 Coburg Road Bristol BS6 5HU 0752 783 8648
Important planning decision pending
A campaign is underway and an e-petition has been mounted to stop Bristol Zoo using part of the Downs as a car park.
The Downs were designated in the nineteenth century for the people of Bristol and surrounding areas to enjoy. Since 1969 the Zoo has been given a series of temporary permissions to use one of the best parts for parking on the busiest days of the year. The number of days and the number of cars have increased. In recent years the Zoo has used the Downs to park up to 660 cars on up to 60 days. This interferes with people’s enjoyment of this wonderful green space. Use of the Downs is bad for Zoo visitors too, who have to negotiate a steep stony path and cross a busy main road. The days on which the car park will be open are unpredictable, causing congestion and confusion. And the Zoo's parking is bad for wildlife: surveys have shown damage to the attractive and interesting grassland.