Residents’ plea on parking ‘gridlock’
RESIDENTS’ groups and local politicians are pleading with Glasgow City Council to resolve Drumoyne’s parking situation.
Led by the G51 Free Parking group, locals have been opposing council plans to impose charges on residents near the new Queen Elizabeth University hospital and block some road safety changes.
A proposed Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that would mean residents, their visitors, and local businesses being charged for permits, is still being fought.
After an independent report which locals viewed as highly un- satisfactory, the final decision now lies with Holyrood.
Lisa Devlin, chairperson of the group, said: “We did not ask for this and it has been going on for three years now.
“We want this poor attitude towards our groups ended, the TRO dropped, new talks started, and everyone around one table.
“We all know there is money there to pay for it and what we are proposing would come at a fraction of the cost. All groups involved agree that this is a safety issue and G51’s priority is protecting everyone in this deprived area.
“A city-wide approach will not work in this unique situation.”
Local councillors have also backed the free parking group.
Govan’s Green Councillor Allan Young said: “We cannot allow the local community to foot the bill for this super-hospital which services the whole city and beyond – their views must be at the heart of the solution.”
SNP Councillor Richard Bell said: “The position is straightforward: we need to end the current TRO and start again with the community involved, with nothing imposed on them by the council.”
A spokesperson for the council said: “We still await a response from Scottish Ministers concerning parking controls in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”