Council take action after complaints at Greenhill
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.”
Chaos Greenhill Road continues to be swamped with cars two years on