Res­i­dents in de­mand for ac­tion on park­ing ‘chaos’

Evening Times - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE NICOLL

RES­I­DENTS in Den­nis­toun are de­mand­ing ac­tion to end park­ing chaos on the streets around their homes.

Re­cently, SNP coun­cil­lor Al­lan Casey and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil raised their con­cerns at a meet­ing in the City Cham­bers.

They told Anna Richard­son, con­vener for sus­tain­abil­ity and car­bon re­duc­tion, of the prob­lems they face try­ing to park near their prop­er­ties.

Mr Casey said: “Since my elec­tion in May, one of the big­gest is­sues raised has been park­ing in the area and com­muter traf­fic.

“There is a large work­force at City Park in Den­nis­toun and seven days a week, hun­dreds of cars come into the area and park in the streets sur­round­ing their work place.

“It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to park on the streets around City Park and as soon as you drive out of a space, some­one is wait­ing to go into it.

“The prob­lem ex­ists be­tween 7am and 8pm and over the past three or four years has grad­u­ally been get­ting worse.”

Mr Casey said the sit­u­a­tion is ex­ac­er­bated by com­muters dump­ing their cars in Den­nis­toun and catch­ing a train into their work in the city cen­tre. He added: “The re­sult is peo­ple can­not get parked any­where near their houses and some are park­ing il­le­gally on dou­ble yel­low lines, pave­ments and cor­ners.”

Lo­cal peo­ple fear the sit­u­a­tion will get worse if new park­ing re­stric­tions are in­tro­duced around Celtic Park on match days, with foot­ball fans or peo­ple at­tend­ing ma­jor events at the sta­dium leav­ing their cars in res­i­den­tial streets in Den­nis­toun.

Some are call­ing for res­i­dents park­ing and a pay and dis­play scheme to be in­tro­duced to ease the sit­u­a­tion for lo­cal peo­ple.

Mr Casey said: “Some kind of ac­tion need to be taken. There needs to be a so­lu­tion be­cause as it stands, the area is full of cars and res­i­dents are re­ally strug­gling to get any spa­ces in their area.”

Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Casey is among those rais­ing con­cerns about park­ing pres­sures in Den­nis­toun Pic­tures: Mark Gib­son

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