Park­head match­day park­ing ban on hold

Coun­cil stall on move

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Mur­ray Spooner

Plans which could see an in­crease in foot­ball traf­fic in Ruther­glen have been put on hold.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil chiefs lodged a pro­posal to in­tro­duce per­mits for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area around Celtic Park and the Emi­rates Arena dur­ing foot­ball games and sport­ing events.

The scheme is to en­sure main routes to and from the stadiums were kept clear for emer­gency ser­vices in the event of an in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring at the venues.

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

Park­head chiefs raised concerns with the coun­cil over the move and the im­pact it could have on the club and its fans.

Celtic’s fan li­ai­son of­fi­cer up­dated sup­port­ers on the sit­u­a­tion via so­cial me­dia. They tweeted: “Wee up­date on the park­ing pro­pos­als, they have been de­layed and won’t be com­ing into ef­fect in the short term, will keep you posted.”

A spokes­woman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil also con­firmed the de­ci­sion.

She said: “Fol­low­ing on from the ini­tial en­gage­ment ses­sions, we have re­vised our pro­pos­als and will be en­gag­ing once again with lo­cal stake­hold­ers prior to com­menc­ing the for­mal process, which will in­clude a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“Com­mence­ment of the for­mal process is no guar­an­tee that park­ing con­trols will be in­stalled and it should be noted that the process gen­er­ally takes nine -12 months to com­plete – so there def­i­nitely won’t be any­thing in place for the start of the sea­son.”

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 plan­ning process.

Halt The plans to in­tro­duce a no park­ing zone around Celtic Park have been put on hold

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