“Ill thought through” Clarkston parking plans slammed

Could parking charges push motorists into already congested side streets?
Could parking charges push motorists into already congested side streets?

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw has urged East Renfrewshire Council to “rethink” their decision on off-street parking charges.

The council consultation on levying car parking charges in a number of council car parks closed earlier this month.

The plans include major sites such as Clarkston Library, Broom Burn shops and Giffnock Station.

Mr Carlaw wants to increase the free period from two to four hours, have free parking at weekends and action taken to reduce the impact on congested side streets.

He said: “These proposed changes need to be substantially rethought to protect local businesses, while ensuring our car parking spaces are not taken up by people parking there 24/7.

“The changes and the results that these proposals may well deliver do not seem to have been properly thought through.

“It is unfortunate that there has been such a short period of consultation and these plans are indicative of an ill thought through proposal from a council wanting simply to raise further revenue. I hope that East Renfrewshire Council will listen to my positive proposals rather than ramming this through to bolster their coffers.”