Beatson work sparks Bearsden traders’ parking anger

BUSINESS owners in Bearsden claim that their livelihood is being put at risk because customers can’t get parked near their shops.

They say that contractors who are currently building an extension at the Beatson Institute - Glasgow’s centre for cancer research in Garscube Estate, Bearsden - have been parking their vans outside their premises on the Switchback relief road since before Christmas

Shortage

Students and Glasgow University employees are also leaving their cars there due to a shortage of spaces in Garscube Estate and to avoid car park charges.

Traders claim that all the car parking spaces, including the disabled one at times, are occupied by 9am for the full day and business owners believe that this is putting off many of their customers as they can’t park nearby.

In particular, many older customers who visit the Foot Clinic are finding it difficult to get there.

Valerie Brewster, owner of The Foot Clinic, said: “Sometimes the construction workers park as early as 7am and don’t leave until 5pm.

“Many of my clients are elderly, disabled or in a lot of pain and find it difficult to walk.

“It’s terrible that they are being forced to park further away and walk to my place.

“One of the reasons I chose this location was the parking facilities.”

Gregor MacAlpine, owner of hair salon Headway, said: “We are all grateful for the work that’s carried out at the Beatson and understand that it needs to develop but not at the expense of our businesses.

“This could continue to be a problem for another year.

“Residents are being driven crazy as well because they can’t have visitors as there is nowhere for them to park.

“Visibilty is also getting bad in the area and putting school children at risk.”

Bearsden South Councillor Vaughan Moody said: “We all support the extension to the Beatson. I voted for the planning application.

“The various parts of Glasgow University on the Garscube Estate need to work together to find the space for the contractors to park.

“We cannot damage the trade of small businesses in these tough economic times.”

A Glasgow University spokesperson said: “The University is aware of the issue raised by local residents.

“We are working with all parties to reach a satisfactory settlement which will minimise disruption for local businesses and residents, while allowing world class teaching, research and the necessary construction work to continue on the Garscube Estate.”