Shoppers driven out of town by parking
A Cambuslang woman has hit out at the lack of parking provision in the town centre.
And Mairi Bell says it is hurting businesses and driving shoppers out of town to places with better parking facilities.
Making matters worse for the Spruce Drive mum-of-two is the fact that she has landed two parking fines from South Lanarkshire Council in the past month alone.
“I’m annoyed at the lack of parking for day-to-day things in the town centre,” she said.
Mairi ( 41) said the set- up in the Allison Drive car park behind Cambuslang Gate is not fit for purpose.
“There are red bays for Farmfoods priority parking where you get one hour free,” she said.
“And there are white bays which allow two hours free.
“But you can never get a white space during the day because South Lanarkshire Council workers and their vans use them.
“I was made redundant recently and have to attend the Jobcentre at specific appointed times.
“If I can’t get a space in the white bays beause they are full I end up late for the meetings.”
And Mairi says that if she is late Jobcentre staff mark her down as a non-attender – and her benefit payment is cut.
“I can’t afford that to happen,” she added.
“I’ve also had to pay fines because I’ve been longer than one hour in the red bays.
“But if the Jobcentre people send me to Routes to Work I can’t just walk out in the middle of it to move my car – so I end up with tickets.
“It’s a nightmare and it’s getting out of hand,” she added. “I’m trying to find employment and being penalised for it.”
Mairi said she would be happy for the council to install meters in the car park to allow longer stays.
“I would rather pay a parking fee than end up with a £60 penalty every time I overstay in a space,” she said.
Cambuslang West councillor Clare McColl had sympathy for Mairi’s situation.
“Parking in the town is a nightmare,” said the SNP member, “and the lady shouldn’t be getting sanctioned by the Jobcentre for being a bit late.
“I know how difficult it is to get parked at Cambuslang Gate because there is a huge demand for spaces and I’ve had discussions with Donald Gibson, the parking manager, about ways to try and improve things.
“Lack of parking is an historic issue and I wish I knew an answer that would please everyone but I will keep working towards trying to get more spaces provided,” said Councillor McColl.
South Lanarkshire Council’s head of roads and transportation Gordon Mackay said: “The council is aware of the parking demand in Cambuslang and endeavours to balance the needs of all those who wish to park in the town centre area.
“The available parking has to address the needs both of those who park to go shopping or to appointments and those who work in the town centre and provide these services.
“The council is mindful of this demand for spaces and it takes any opportunity it can find to increase the overall parking provision.
“Regretfully, at the moment there are no vacant sites within the town centre that the council has control over that would allow it to increase the parking capacity,” he said.
Parking mad Mairi Bell