More parking spaces on the way

Douglas Stree car park, Milngavie.
Douglas Stree car park, Milngavie.

Motorists will have more spaces to park in when work is completed on a busy town centre car park.

The number of spaces at the Douglas Street car park in Milngavie is increasing from 40 to 57, including four disabled spaces, four parent and child spaces, four motorcycle spaces and nine on-street disabled bays.

Work is due to start on Monday, November 24 and will last for two weeks.

The improvements are part of a programme to support the next phase of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) and will be carried out on a phased basis to allow half of the car park to remain open at all times.

Councillor Alan Moir, East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “I am pleased that improvement works are being carried out at the Douglas Street car park - increasing the number of spaces available by more than 40 per cent.

“Please be assured we are doing all we can to keep inconvenience to a minimum - with half of the car park being kept available during the works.

“I believe the new, improved car park will be a real boost for the town centre - making it easier for shoppers to access the great range of retail outlets, hostelries and businesses in Milngavie.

“It is also good news that work is scheduled to be finished ahead of the busy Christmas period and I hope people take the opportunity to shop, eat and drink locally.”

Signs will be erected to inform the public of the works and alternative car parking available. Improvements are being carried out at car parks across East Dunbartonshire as part of the next phase of DPE and the introduction of parking charges in April next year.The first two hours parking will be free with a sliding scale of charges applying thereafter.

The council took on responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions on April 2, 2014 - after Strathclyde Police withdrew traffic wardens.

However, one of the conditions laid down by the Scottish Government in order to obtain permission was that the DPE scheme be self-financing.

The council says parking enforcement fines will not be sufficient to offset costs and therefore charging for some council-owned spaces is required.The decision to introduce DPE was agreed by councillors across the political spectrum, with support from the public during consultation last year.