Car park charges will be in place by summer

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Parking charges will be introduced at certain council car parks - but only for people who leave their vehicles longer than two hours.

East Dunbartonshire Council began enforcing parking restrictions last April and as part of the application process to the Scottish Government, the council was required to submit a business case which showed the Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme would become self-financing.

The approved business case made it clear that parking enforcement fines would not be sufficient to offset costs and therefore charging for some council-owned car parks would be required.

Feedback received during the statutory consultation period for off-street parking has led to a redesign and upgrade of car park provision - leading to a delay in the implementation of the charges.

It is expected that car park charging will start this summer. As previously agreed by council the first two hours parking will be free - with a sliding scale of charges thereafter, up to a maximum charge of £5 for parking for longer than four hours. Charges will apply from Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm - with no weekend charging.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “The introduction of DPE and the enforcement of the existing town centre on-street parking restrictions has led to an improvement in driver behaviour - reducing inconsiderate parking, improving safety and encouraging turnover. It has been made clear from the outset that parking charges would need to be introduced for certain council-owned car parks.”