Park­ing vow

Coun­cil take ac­tion af­ter com­plaints at Green­hill

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have told driv­ers who flout park­ing rules in Ruther­glen’s Green­hill Road they will be is­sued with a ticket.

The warn­ing comes af­ter com­plaints about cars parked on the pave­ment along the street caus­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous ob­sta­cles for pedes­tri­ans.

Mo­torists have been warned they will be hit with a park­ing ticket if they con­tinue to park il­le­gally along a busy Ruther­glen street.

Green­hill Road is still claimed to be reg­u­larly swamped by ve­hi­cles de­spite the prob­lem first aris­ing two years ago.

The Re­former re­ported res­i­dents of the street were con­cerned about the vol­ume of traf­fic, par­tic­u­larly at prayer times, near the Min­haj- ul- Qu­ran In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre.

With park­ing spa­ces at a pre­mium, some wor­ship­pers parked on pave­ments, cre­at­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous ob­sta­cles for pedes­tri­ans.

And now South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have vowed to clamp down on those who are con­tin­u­ing to park along the road.

Gor­don Mackay, head of South La­nark­shire’s road and trans­porta­tion ser­vice, was keen to high­light that park­ing at­ten­dants will be en­forc­ing re­stric­tions in the area.

He said: “The coun­cil is aware of some in­dis­crim­i­nate park­ing tak­ing place on Green­hill Road.

“Green­hill Road is a pub­lic road and as such any ve­hi­cle park­ing there re­quires to do so in ac­cor­dance with the rules of the high­way code.

“Some re­spon­si­bil­ity has to re­main with driv­ers when choos­ing where to park and the po­lice have the nec­es­sary pow­ers to deal with any ob­struc­tive park­ing. In this in­stance we will ar­range to visit the area once traf­fic pat­terns have re­turned to nor­mal fol­low­ing the fes­tive hol­i­day pe­riod and ar­range­ments will also be made for the park­ing at­ten­dants to visit the area again.”

But the busy vol­ume of ve­hi­cles is still an is­sue for vis­i­tors to the road.

Peter McLaugh­lin, 64, from Cam­bus­lang, reg­u­larly vis­its his sis­ter who is in care on Green­hill Road and slammed driv­ers for “ter­ri­fy­ing” pedes­tri­ans.

He said: “I was down there on a Fri­day and it was hor­ren­dous. It starts from the very top of Green­hill Road where you turn on from Stonelaw Road, all the way down and fiz­zles out near the job cen­tre.

“I some­times walk there with my grand­child, and I found my­self hav­ing to push the pram onto the road and back onto the pave­ment in or­der to get past.

“It is def­i­nitely an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

“The res­o­lu­tion to all this is the car park and it brings in rev­enue to Ruther­glen.”

A spokesman for Min­haj-ul-Qu­ran said they are now hand­ing out 50p to driv­ers who do not have change so they can pay for park­ing dur­ing prayer times.

He added: “Every Fri­day we an­nounce to every­one that peo­ple should park prop­erly as there have been is­sues with park­ing.

“We are also in a process of try­ing to get a team to­gether to look af­ter car park­ing just be­fore the Fri­day prayers start.

“We are mak­ing an ef­fort but de­spite that we still apol­o­gise to our lo­cal com­mu­nity for caus­ing any in­con­ve­nience as a di­rect re­sult of in­cor­rect park­ing dur­ing Fri­day prayer.”

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