We are seeking temporary planning permission to continue to park cars on Ladies Mile, on the Downs, on our busiest days.
Ecological surveys of the parking area have repeatedly found that there is no permanent damage caused to the land and no on-going deterioration to the richness of the species and habitats of the area.
The parking area is less than half of 1% of the total size of the Downs and we would use it on 30 - 40 days per year and only when our normal car parks are both full.
Our core audience is families and we need to be able to meet their travel needs. Families prefer to travel in cars and research has shown that other sustainable travel options are not viable for them. If families cannot drive to the Zoo, they will go elsewhere.
Bristol Zoo is the most popular visitor attraction in the city but if people cannot park, they will be discouraged from visiting - not just the Zoo but also the city. Our economic contribution to the city of Bristol would decrease by over £2 million per year without this parking option.
For the last decade, we have thoroughly investigated all other possible parking solutions and there are no practical alternatives.
We are the fifth oldest Zoo in the world, first opening our doors to the public in 1836. Since then, we have welcomed six generations of visitors, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 million school aged children the value of nature and has given more than 90 million visitors a great day out.
Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the Zoo and at Wild Place Project but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.