Parking scheme moves forward

Plans for parking enforcement in towns

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We have received approval from the Scottish Government to progress plans for a Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme.

Subject to approval by the council as part of the budget process, we intend to introduce on-street parking enforcement in its town centres to improve turnover of parking spaces and support local businesses.

As part of the scheme, on-street disabled parking bays will also be enforced.

Parking enforcement officers and a supervisor will be employed to work across the seven town centres to enforce parking restrictions and issue parking charge notices to vehicles parked illegally.

At the Infrastructure Committee on 7 February, Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) for each town were approved. These set out the waiting and loading restrictions on local streets, indicated by yellow lines and road signs, which will be enforced by the wardens when the DPE scheme is introduced.

"Across our town centres we have thousands of car parking spaces but we still regularly see illegal parking on pavements, in disabled bays and people parking all day in short-stay areas," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"As well as being a safety hazard, illegal parking blocks spaces and prevents drivers being able to park easily to visit local shops and businesses.

"We have invested significantly in improving our town centres and, to make the most of this, it is important to be able to enforce parking restrictions and ensure a turnover of short stay spaces. Feedback from businesses tells us that better parking encourages more people into town centres so DPE will help us deliver this."

The council is working with Glasgow City Council to set up the administrative operations of the scheme. There will be initial set-up costs of £133,000 but the operation of the scheme will be self-financing from parking charges issued.

A start date has not been finalised however we aim to implement the scheme later this year.

Consultation has been carried out on the TROs over the last two years with the public, elected members and community councils as well as organisations including Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, the emergency services, local and national taxi associations, and the haulage industry.

Across the seven town centres, the council has a total of 5,300 short and long stay car parking spaces, including three new car parks developed in the current financial year: 30 spaces at Baird Street in Coatbridge; and two park and ride car parks under construction near Airdrie (40 spaces) and Shotts (48) rail stations.

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