Local support for the introduction of parking charges is divided, the results of Jo’s latest e-consultation reveal.
East Dunbartonshire Council plan to consult local people on their options to decriminalise parking, including a strategy to introduce parking charges, after Strathclyde Police traffic wardens cease their parking enforcement duties in the area from April next year.
Of more than 450 respondents, 51% opposed charges, noting the damaging effect they may have on towns’ economies by discouraging local shoppers. The rest, just under half of people, agreed that there should be charges, but disagreed on the level, with 20% supporting lower charges that would only cover traffic warden costs.
Commenting, Jo said:
“With over 450 replies – the highest response to date – this e-consultation clearly indicates the local strength of feeling about introducing parking charges.
“There continues to be a clear need for enforcement in East Dunbartonshire’s residential areas and around schools, where there are genuine concerns about illegal and dangerous parking, as well as an examination of parking space availability around railway stations. It is essential that East Dunbartonshire Council enter into full consultation with as wide as possible range of local traders and residents before any changes are made.”