Traders welcome pay to park plan

Bearsden Cross G.V'Photo by Emma Mitchell'16/12/13
Bearsden Cross G.V'Photo by Emma Mitchell'16/12/13

Businesses in the area have welcomed the introduction of parking charges - which are due to come into force later this summer.

The first two hours will be free but after that a sliding scale of charges will apply up to a maximum of £5 for all day parking.

East Dunbartonshire Council, who are introducing the charges after taking over the duties from the police in April last year, said it could not be any more specific on the implementation date, other than to say it will be later in the summer.

Welcoming the initiative, butcher Alex Christie from Bearsden, said: “95 percent of people are in favour of this. Two hours is plenty of time for people to shop in the area. Milngavie, Hillfoot and Bearsden are the main stations for commuters coming from the north west into the area by car and travelling on to Glasgow. Paid parking will hopefully stop spaces being used by commuters parking all day long.”

Bearsden menswear shop owner Paul Smith, agreed. Mr Smith has been in business for more than 30 years and said he has seen a huge increase in car usage. He said: “This is a good thing as it will free up spaces for customers.

Ian Lavrie from Allander Flooring in Milngavie said: “We welcome this as the improvements the council are making to their car parks ahead of introducing the scheme will result in 21 extra spaces.”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at the council said: “Improvements are being carried out at carparks across East Dunbartonshire as part of the next phase of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE). Charges are due to commence in late summer in a limited number of car parks. I would emphasise that the first two hours parking will remain free - encouraging turnover of traffic - with a sliding scale of charges.”

Charges will apply from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm - with no weekend charging.

Part of the condition laid down by the Scottish Government in order for the council to obtain permission was that the DPE scheme be self-financing.

Over the next couple of weeks a continuing programme of upgrading of council owned car parks will take place.

These include Ellangowan Car Park and Woodburn Way Car Park, Milngavie, and Roman Road in Bearsden.