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Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen could see an in­crease in park­ing if a pro­posal to cre­ate a 1km no-park­ing ra­dius around Celtic Park is given the go-ahead.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil chiefs have lodged plans to in­tro­duce per­mits for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area around Park­head and the Emi­rates Arena dur­ing foot­ball games and sport­ing events.

The scheme’s process is also to keep the main routes to and from the sta­di­ums clear for emer­gency ser­vices in the event of an in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring within the venue.

A pub­lic en­gage­ment ses­sion was held and mem­bers of the pub­lic were able to com­plete an on­line ques­tion­naire re­lat­ing to the pro­posal and the in­for­ma­tion was con­sid­ered for the next stage in the plan­ning process.

But if the pro­posal be­comes suc­cess­ful, Ruther­glen could see an in­flux of sports fans park­ing around the town.

While the ra­dius only stretches as far as Cuningar Loop, fans could look to use the town to dump their cars be­fore a match.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil head of roads and trans­porta­tion, Gor­don Mackay, said the lo­cal author­ity had not been con­sulted.

He said: “While we are aware of Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce per­mits for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area around the Celtic Park and Emi­rates com­plex for events, South La­nark­shire has not been for­mally con­sulted as the pro­pos­als only af­fect streets within the city coun­cil’s bound­ary.

“In prin­ci­ple, we sup­port the aims of the pro­posal to man­age emer­gency ac­cess routes and park­ing on the day of events and would en­cour­age peo­ple trav­el­ling to this area on these days to use pub­lic trans­port.”

It is un­der­stood re­stric­tions would start three hours be­fore an event com­mences and fin­ish one hour after the event ends. A state­ment on the Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s

Foot­ball traf­fic Pro­posal to cre­ate a 1km no-park­ing ra­dius around Celtic Park

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