North Ayrshire Council’s SNP Cabinet has agreed that free car parking should remain a priority in local towns.
Council has produced a new strategy on car parking following an
extensive study carried out across the district, including an online
questionnaire and street surveys. A report discussed by SNP councillors
at last week’s Cabinet meeting highlighted the need for additional
parking areas, while also stressing the requirement to promote the use
of trains, buses and cycles.
One proposal will see the erection
of more effective roadside signs indicating the exact location of car
parks, with others listing the number of available spaces. A Council
spokesperson said, “The aim is to re-balance car park use so that
motorists will be directed to facilities more suited to their needs,
either as local residents travelling into town or visitors stopping off
on their way through. It is also proposed that the Council will work in
partnership with the Police to address serious cases of illegal parking
and non-compliance with waiting restrictions.”
by the SNP Cabinet include a programme of ensuring car parks are
well-maintained and fit for purpose, improvements to pedestrian routes
between car parks and key destinations, safety and security upgrades
around car parks with the possibility of CCTV installation, short-stay
controls introduced in busier car parks to increase turnover of spaces,
better visitor information made available online so that travellers can
pre-plan journeys, car park layouts reviewed to increase spaces, and
on-street ‘no waiting’ areas to be evaluated with restrictions removed
where they are no longer appropriate.
The Council’s SNP Cabinet
member for Environment and Infrastructure, Cllr Tony Gurney, said, “This
is a thorough report that addresses the problems faced by all towns in
Scotland because of the ever-increasing use of cars.
reassuring to see that the information came from evidence-based studies
in which the public in each location were asked to comment. Many people
think the answer to car parking problems in towns is to create more car
parks. We already have a wealth of car parks in North Ayrshire but
this report shows that these areas could be better laid-out with
Cllr Gurney, who represents Ardrossan
& Arran, said the SNP administration will also “work towards the
promotion of other kinds of travel” including the development of public
Council officials are to undertake a further
public consultation exercise over the summer to feed into the overall
ongoing strategy on car parking in North Ayrshire.