Traders welcome pay to park plan

Bearsden Cross
Bearsden Cross

Traders at Bearsden Cross have welcomed a new parking scheme due to be introduced this summer in the streets and car parks in the area.

East Dunbartonshire took over control of parking from the police last year and are due to introduce pay parking in the council car parks and restricted time parking for on-street parking.

Philip Shaw, manager of Christie Butchers said: “Parking has always been a problem around here and to introduce restricted parking will be a good thing to free up more space for customers. The big council owned car parks are always full up with people parking all day and heading into Glasgow to work.”

And Steven Welsh from Welsh Rare Bits said: “Bearsden suffers from the same problem as Milngavie and Hillfoot. We need to charge for parking as people drive from Strathblane, Fintry and Killearn, and park all day to travel into Glasgow.”

Although there will be no charges for on-street parking in Bearsden, the council will be introducing a charge in their car parks after a two-hour period.

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “I can confirm that we will be including the Roman Road car park in Bearsden in the charging scheme - which is due to be implemented this summer.

“The first two hours parking will be free - with a sliding scale of charges thereafter. The maximum charge will be £5 for parking for longer than four hours. Charges will apply from Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm. We believe that will help to ensure turnover of traffic - making it easier to park in our town centres and encouraging people to shop locally. Discussions with local businesses highlighted that a higher turnover of parking in the town centres would be good for business.”