Games plans raise parking worries

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Mount Florida community council has written a public letter amid concerns for residents parking near Hampden during the Commonwealth Games.

Hampden will play a major role in the summer event, and lockdown begins on July 25.

Residents who live in Games zones are to be issued with free parking permits, to be used on designated parking streets — while some roads will be closed to traffic completely.

The letter (published on p24) reads: “Residents are shocked at the strict parking restrictions imposed, and worry that the true Games legacy for the area will be another hammer blow for businesses.”

The community council argues that a traffic regulation order imposed last year has already had a negative effect on the area, stating: “Scarce parking spaces were eliminated, unnecessarily in many cases.”

According to the local group, residents have complained that the restrictions are much more severe than those proven to work at previous events, and that the maps released by Glasgow 2014 are unclear.

The letter adds: “What does this mean to residents and access for emergency services/people with disabilities? Will there be consistent enforcement of the restrictions?

“Mount Florida community council recognises the importance of the Games, however it hopes there is room for revision, based on local input.”

A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman responded: “We have been liaising regularly with residents and businesses about the work that has been ongoing to transform the stadium.

“These plans have been developed in conjunction with emergency services and ensure access is available for blue light services at all times.

“Residents will shortly receive letters along with access passes/parking permits if their household is directly affected, and are invited to attend a community meeting on May 22 for information.”

She added: “It will be a special time and we want people to enjoy the Glasgow 2014 experience as much as possible. We are working hard to ensure disruption is minimised and that plans are communicated in advance to allow people to plan effectively.”

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