East Ren residents have reacted with anger and joy in equal measure over the news that charges for car parking have been scrapped.
The proposals to introduce parking fees in council car parks was last week deemed to be unworkable following representation by hundreds of residents against the plans.
Council Leader Jim Fletcher said: “We are a listening council and received strong feedback that the proposed parking charges tariffs in our car parks needed to be considered further.
“One of the main points raised was the potential issue of commuter cars which may be displaced to other residential streets if charges are introduced.
“Therefore we have recommended to Council that we impose more stringent controls on all our car parks at the moment to help increase the turnover of spaces within our town centres.”
Commenting Jackson Carlaw Eastwood MSP and deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said: “This is a welcome reprieve for local businesses and residents rightly concerned about the potential impact these charges would have had on their local community.
“As we have come to expect from this tired administration they brought forward hugely unpopular proposals and backtracked under Scottish Conservative pressure.
“They may choose to spin this as ‘listening to concerns’, yet if they were really acting in the best interests of business and residents these half-baked parking charges would never have seen the light of day”