Sur­vey should be ex­tended

Call for in­ves­ti­ga­tion into en­tire park­ing set up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A sur­vey on the fea­si­bil­ity of a park and ride in Cam­bus­lang should be ex­tended to look at park­ing sys­tems in the whole town cen­tre, ac­cord­ing to busi­nesses.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is set to com­mis­sion the sur­vey next month ahead of a re­port be­fore the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

Al­though this will in­clude the area di­rectly around the sta­tion, busi­nesses feel it should con­sider the park­ing sys­tem in the whole town cen­tre.

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, told the Re­former: “The coun­cil will com­mis­sion a con­sul­tant in Au­gust to un­der­take a park and ride study in Cam­bus­lang.

“The study will in­clude a re­view of the cur­rent and fu­ture com­muter de­mand as well as park­ing prac­tices in the vicin­ity of the sta­tion and, there­after, con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to op­tions to ex­pand pro­vi­sion in the area.

“At this time we an­tic­i­pate that a fi­nal re­port will be pro­duced by the end of the fi­nan­cial year.”

He added: “The study be­ing com­mis­sioned by the coun­cil will fo­cus solely on Park and Ride de­mand and pro­vi­sion in Cam­bus­lang.

“There are no plans to ex­tend the scope of this to the wider town cen­tre.

“We will, how­ever, look at what is con­sid­ered a suit­able walk­ing dis­tance for commuters, with a view to iden­ti­fy­ing park­ing de­mand on neigh­bour­ing streets in the vicin­ity of the train sta­tion.”

In Fe­bru­ary, the Re­former re­ported that SPT could re­lease over £400,000 in grants over the next three years for the park and ride project.

It is likely to be built as part of the de­vel­op­ment of the old Hoover site.

Park­ing was one of the big­gest is­sues high­lighted in Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s busi­ness sur­vey which was re­leased ear­lier this year.

An­ge­line Coyle, owner of the Tea Bay cof­fee shop, wel­comed the park and ride but said is­sues would re­main.

“The wider is­sue needs to be looked at, not just a park and ride,” she said. “We need to look at how we max­imise our Main Street.

“A park and ride would be good, but it is only a small part of the prob­lem. Peo­ple will still park in the sur­round­ing streets like Hamil­ton Drive.

“We could have me­ters there to free up space. Peo­ple will use the park and ride but oth­ers will still park on streets near the sta­tion be­cause it is free.”

The town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil, while wel­com­ing the fea­si­bil­ity study, also said they wanted to see the sur­vey’s scope ex­panded.

Trea­surer John Bachtler said they had been as­sured by the coun­cil that the sur­vey would be wider rang­ing, adding: “At the mo­ment, we have busi­nesses los­ing cus­tomers or clos­ing down be­cause of the lack of park­ing.

“The car parks on Al­li­son Drive and Cherry Tree Court fill up from early morn­ing with commuters, leav­ing no space for shop­pers.

“There are 400,000 ex­tra pas­sen­gers now us­ing Cam­bus­lang Sta­tion com­pared to 15 years ago.

“Re­strict­ing park­ing time on the Main Street it­self to 30 min­utes is a huge prob­lem for any­one us­ing the hair­dressers, opticians, cafes, beauty sa­lons and other such busi­nesses.

“We have been press­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Net­work Rail for the past two years to ad­dress this is­sue by cre­at­ing more ca­pac­ity and chang­ing the park­ing pol­icy on the Main Street.

“We would be very un­happy if the pro­posed fea­si­bil­ity study would be re­stricted to the cre­ation of a park-and-ride, which would make no sense.

“We were as­sured - in writ­ing - by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil only a month ago that the re­view would be wider than sim­ply a park-and-ride.”

We want ac­tion Busi­ness own­ers in Cam­bus­lang, in­clud­ing An­ge­line Coyle (sec­ond left) are de­ter­mined to see changes made to park­ing pro­vi­sion in the town

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