Residents see red mist over yellow lines plan

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BEARSDEN residents have slammed plans by East Dunbartonshire Council which would prevent them from parking on their own street.

People in Campbell Drive are furious about plans to put double yellow lines along one side of the road and a no parking until after 6pm restriction on the other side from Monday to Saturday.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “To say we are appalled is an understatement. It’s going to cause havoc in the area.

“This won’t just affect our street - restrictions are going to be put in place all around the town centre.

“Many of us have elderly visitors during the day as they don’t want to socialise in the evening.

“Where will they park? They can’t be expected to find somewhere else and walk a long distance to us. “Also, tradespeople will have nowhere to park, it’s just not acceptable.

“It really is appalling - does the council expect us all to turn our gardens into car parks?”

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council is currently consulting on the potential introduction of decriminalised parking enforcement throughout the area as Strathclyde Police are withdrawing from parking enforcement.

“There are recognised parking issues in our town centres, at railway stations and in other areas across East Dunbartonshire which, without effective enforcement, could be significantly greater than at present. We also want to address safety issues at our schools, enforce disabled parking bays and support local businesses and shoppers.

“We are therefore currently progressing a public consultation exercise and leaflets outlining draft proposals to address the parking situation have been distributed and can be found on our website.

“Local residents and businesses are being asked to complete a questionnaire to share their views with the council. It must be emphasised that no decisions have yet been made and following the consultation, the findings will be reported to council for consideration and a decision.

“Any decision by the council to proceed with the introduction of decriminalised parking enforcement must then be approved by the Scottish Parliament.”