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