A parking problem
Parking has become a big issue on the island. Since the introduction of RET fares, the number of cars, motorhomes and other vehicles coming to the island has increased dramatically.
But they all need somewhere to park. There is no doubt a lot of drivers come to Arran and throw the Highway Code and a good deal of common sense out the window when they drive off the ferry. They appear to think the laws of the road somehow don’t apply on Arran.
The situation has been compounded in Brodick by the closure of the car park at the ferry to allow construction of the new terminal. This has seen cars using and abusing Market Road as well as other car parks near the ferry terminal never designed for ferry traffic. And it’s not just visitors who are causing problems but local residents too.
The Banner also recently highlighted the problems in Lamlash so it is not surprising that the police on Arran have been taking action to try and alleviate the problem. That has upset some people but it is our view that any action that can be taken to make the roads and car parks safer should be applauded.
Every North Ayrshire car park has a list of the restrictions which apply, so there is no excuse for any drivers caught where and when they shouldn’t be. But the police can only do so much. It is up to everyone to show some consideration to other road users to make driving on the island a more pleasurable experience.