Park­ing solution is badly needed

East Kilbride News - - WORKING FOR YOU - Graham Simp­son Con­ser­va­tive MSP for Cen­tral Scot­land

high­lighted dan­ger­ous park­ing on street cor­ners and of drive­ways be­ing blocked.

On one oc­ca­sion, lo­cal res­i­dents had to erect signs ask­ing mo­torists to avoid park­ing in one street to al­low a hearse to get through for a fu­neral.

Not only that, we had an in­ci­dent last year when se­cu­rity staff at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Hairmyres asked peo­ple to move their car if they had no busi­ness at the hos­pi­tal.

This led to some heated ex­changes be­tween hos­pi­tal staff and com­muters.

There will no quick fix. Over the years we have had many sug­ges­tions put for­ward, two in par­tic­u­lar have been men­tioned more than once.

The first idea is to tier the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal car park, cre­at­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of ad­di­tional park­ing spa­ces. The sec­ond is to utilise the land ad­ja­cent to the train sta­tion on the other side of the ex­ist­ing car park and cre­ate a walk­way over to the plat­form.

Whilst th­ese ideas and oth­ers are be­ing ex­plored, it is im­por­tant that we also deal with the is­sue of com­muters block­ing res­i­den­tial streets.

What­ever hap­pens, both prob­lems need to be ad­dressed in tan­dem to se­cure a per­ma­nent solution to this on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion which has been drag­ging on long enough.

Fi­nally, I hope you had a lovely Easter and didn’t overindulge on choco­late eggs and hot cross buns.

Now the lighter nights are mov­ing in, it is time for me to dust down my bike and get back out ex­plor­ing the coun­try­side.

I find it’s a great way to un­wind and get fit and I would highly rec­om­mend it.

If you have never tried it, get on your bike and have a go – you never know, you might even en­joy it.

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