New parking arrangements are set to be put in place in East Dunbartonshire this summer, including revised charges for Council car parks.
The changes are being introduced following feedback from drivers, demand for greater turnover of spaces and ongoing budgetary pressures.
The new charges are applicable Monday-Saturday, 9am-5.30pm:
- 0-2 hours - £1
- 2-3 hours - £2
- 3-4 hours - £3
- Over 4 hours - £5
Blue badge holders properly displaying a valid badge currently do not have to obtain pay & display tickets in Council car parks and that will remain the case.
Charges were introduced in seven East Dunbartonshire Council car parks in July 2016: Roman Road (Bearsden); Barleybank and William Patrick Library (Kirkintilloch); and Douglas Street, Mugdock Road, Stewart Street North and Woodburn Way (Milngavie).
The average daily turnover of spaces in charge-levying car parks has increased as a result – providing more parking for potential customers and visitors.
The new parking arrangements mean drivers will no longer have to enter their vehicle registration details when obtaining a ticket – addressing feedback from members of the public who have experienced issues.
Any additional funds raised will be used for roads and transportation. On 20 March, the Council approved a Revenue Budget for 2018/19 – which included required savings of £13.6 million.
Joint Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Councillor Vaughan Moody, said, “Car parks where charging has been introduced have shown significant improvements in turnover of spaces and customer access to our town centres.
“The revised charges will help to support that trend, as well as ongoing investment in local roads and transport.”
Joint Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Councillor Andrew Polson, said, “Rest assured, officers will be monitoring the new arrangements to ensure any issues – such as displacement of parking into surrounding streets – are identified and addressed.”
The effective date of the new parking charges is currently set as 18 June 2018 and appropriate signage will be put in place in advance.
* In November 2017, the Council approved the principle of charging at Bearsden Community Hub car park and Kenmure Drive car park, Bishopbriggs. However, the proposal still has to go through a legal process.