We have had a number of complaints in recent months about the increasing problem of vehicles parking on the pavement on Bearwood Road in front of the vacant shops towards the bus station end of the road.
It was a tricky problem because the Council couldn't issue parking tickets because on that stretch of the road the pavement immediately in front of the shops is privately owned by the leaseholders, and the police couldn't intervene because the vehicles weren't obstructing the highway.
But following discussions between the Traders' Association and the Council's Streetscene officers, it looks like a temporary solution has been found. These flower tubs have been put in front of the empty shops while they are waiting to be let, and can be moved around as different shops become vacant or are let. They may not be as attractive as the new tubs look, but at least they stop the shopping centre looking like a car park.