Res­i­dents’ plea on park­ing ‘grid­lock’

Evening Times - - NEWS - By NIALL CHRISTIE

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.”

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