Upgrade to town centre car park

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Improvements are being carried out at a Milngavie town centre car park to provide more spaces and resurface the entire area.

Work began on Monday to extend the number of spaces from 62 to 74 at Mugdock Road Car Park and provide a section for motorbikes.

Resurfacing work is also being carried out as part of the programme to support the next phase of

Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE).

The car park has been closed during the day but is reopening in the evening.

The work is hoped to be completed in two weeks and fully open again well ahead of the main pre-December tradingperiod.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, vice convener of development and regeneration, said: “We are doing all we can to keep inconvenience to a minimum but there will be disruption during the works to improve the car park.

“The new, improved car park will be an excellent addition to the town centre - making it easier for shoppers to access the great range of retail outlets, hostelries and firms in Milngavie.

“We are confident the short-term pain will be more than outweighed by the long-term gain of having more spaces and a resurfaced car park.”

The Milngavie BID group has been informed of works to allow traders to be kept updated.

The council took on responsibility for parking restrictions in April after police withdrew traffic wardens.

The final list of which car parks which will be involved is being finalised but the council stress that the majority of car parks in East Dunbartonshire will be free.

Councillor Moody added: “It is also important to bear in mind the first two hours parking will be free - with a sliding scale thereafter.

“That will ensure turnover of traffic – making it easier to park in our town centres.”