Saturday, 31 May 2014

Views sought on town centre parking

North Ayrshire Council is asking local residents to let them know their views on parking in town centres.

Last April the local authority’s SNP Cabinet agreed that free car parking should remain a priority in local towns, and highlighted a need for additional parking areas, while also stressing the requirement to promote the use of trains, buses and cycles.

Part of the Council’s town centre parking strategy 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.”

Proposals agreed 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, “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 these areas could be better laid-out with improved signposting.”

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 transport options.

Now, the local authority is looking for the public’s views on its draft town centre parking strategy, with residents, businesses and visitors offered the opportunity to have their say by completing feedback forms at local libraries, Council offices or online here.

The closing date for submissions is June 20th.

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